Augsburg women's basketball coach Bill McKee dies


Bill McKee, who spent the past four seasons as the women's basketball coach at Augsburg College passed away Thursday after a battle with kidney cancer. He was 62.

McKee was hired at Augsburg in 2011 and helped to turn around the Auggie women's basketball program – leading the team to its first ever Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff birth last season, where the Auggies upset No. 3-seed Concordia-Moorhead in the first round.

In 2014-15 his squad finished with a school-record 15 wins, and he was 50-52 in his four seasons at Augsburg.

In a statement, Augsburg Athletic Director Jeff Swenson said McKee had a profound impact on the school's athletic department.

"The Augsburg College Community mourns the loss of a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire McKee family for their loss. Bill had a tremendous impact on all of us at Augsburg, but also for so many people that he touched in his life. His coaching tenure at Augsburg speaks for itself, as he transformed our women's basketball program to a level not reached before in our history. But being a great coach is not his only legacy; being a great family man, colleague to all of us at Augsburg and a wonderful friend to everyone he knew is what he will be remembered for the most. We will miss him dearly."

Before going to Augsburg, McKee also coached girls basketball at Mounds View (2008-11) and Anoka-Ramsey (2006-08), and before that was a boys basketball coach at both Blaine and Cretin-Derham Hall.

As a high school coach, McKee earned section coach of the year honors five times. He was 62-18 during his three seasons at Mounds View. He also guided both Blaine and Cretin-Derham Hall to conference titles and a state tournament berth.

McKee was also an assistant coach for 10 seasons for the men's team at St. Thomas.

He and his wife Andrea had three children – Annie, Phil and Allison. Allison will be a senior at Augsburg this year.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony.

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