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FORMER MEN'S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH DWAYNE CANADA PASSES AWAY

FORMER MEN'S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH DWAYNE CANADA PASSES AWAY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former Sacramento State men's basketball assistant coach Dwayne Canada passed away today after a battle with cancer in his hometown of Ypsilanti, Mich., with his family by his side. He was 49 years old.

Canada was an assistant coach with Sacramento State for five years (2002-07) and was part of a staff that coached the Hornets to four consecutive Big Sky Tournament appearances, the program's first trips to the league's postseason event. He helped recruit numerous players during his five-year tenure, including nine student-athletes that received Big Sky all-conference accolades.

Canada was recently honored during a Sacramento State home game and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

"The news of Coach Canada's passing affected a lot of people in the athletics department who had the opportunity to work with him," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Bill Macriss said. "He was a coach with a big heart and was a very generous and caring man to his student-athletes.

"Coach Canada was loved by everyone who had the opportunity to play for him, and the basketball world got a little less friendly with his passing. He was a loving coach and father, and will truly be missed."

Prior to Sacramento State, Canada served as an assistant coach at Wayne County Community College in Detroit for four years.

Canada's memorial service will be held in Ypsilanti.