A statement from the San Antonio Spurs said that Gregg Popovich’s wife died on April 18. The press release announcing the tragic passing of Erin Popovich read, “With deep regret the San Antonio Spurs announce that Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, passed away earlier today. Erin and Gregg were married for four decades and were blessed with two children and two grandchildren. “We mourn the loss of Erin,” said Spurs Genergal Manager RC Buford. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.” The organization asks media to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Erin Popovich is survived by her husband of 42 years and their two children, Micky and Jill.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. As the Spurs Players Celebrated their 1999 NBA Title Win in Madison Square Garden, Coach Pop Argued With Security Guards to Allow Erin on to the Floor
A July 2012 feature in ESPN magazine on Pop mentioned that in 1999 while his team were celebrating winning the NBA Championship in Madison Square Garden, he was arguing with security guards to get them to allow Erin and their children on to the floor.
2. The Couple Met While Coach Pop Was in the Air Force Academy & Erin Was Friend’s With the Dean’s Daughter
My San Antonio reported in 2013 that Erin met Pop while he was studying at the Air Force Academy. His dean was General Robert F. McDermott. The general had a daughter named Betsy who had a best friend named Erin, and the rest is history.
3. Erin Always Said She Wanted Her Husband to Be Nicer in Interviews
It had long been reported that Erin had wanted her husband to be “less salty” in his post game interviews.
4. Her Daughter Helped Coach Popovich Get Over the 2013 NBA Finals
After Ray Allen and the Miami Heat destroyed Pop’s dream of an NBA Championship in 2013, the coach told the media that it was his and Erin’s daughter, Jill, told him, “OK, Dad, let me get this straight: You won four championships, and you go to a fifth Finals. Other coaches lose all the time. But poor Greggy can’t lose because he’s special. Can you please get over yourself? End of story.”
5. The NBA Family Is Sending Their Love to Coach Pop After Erin’s Tragic Passing
The NBA family is sending their love to Pop as a result of Erin’s tragic passing. Here are some of the most poignant tributes from some of sports’ biggest names:
Source: Heavy Sports