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Delone coach Dooley dies

Updated: Friday, November 1 2013, 10:40 AM CDT
Posted by: Jason Bristol

HARRISBURG -- Delone Catholic varsity boys basketball coach Jim Dooley has died, the school announced Friday morning.

Dooley had been battling aplastic anemia, a condition in which the bone marrow does not make enough new blood cells, according to numerous reports.

He won over 700 games during his career and led Delone to back-to-back District 3 titles in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Condolences from other players, coaches and competitors continue to be posted on Twitter.

"One of the most respected people and coaches I have ever met," wrote Scott Pera, Penn's assistant coach. "I can't imagine how many lives Coach Dooley effected. As a teacher and a coach, his passion for life was unmatched. One of a kind."

Pera also coached Annville-Cleona to a state championship.

"The basketball world lost one of its most passionate and caring teachers," said Kevin Robinson, an assistant at Holy Cross. "Coach Dooley attacked basketball and life the same way - with as much energy and enthusiasm as possible. He will be greatly missed."

"Saddened 2 hear the news of Jim Dooley's passing," said Mark Linebaugh, the director of basketball operations at Colgate and another former head coach at Annville-Cleona. "His legacy will continue on through all those who had the privilege 2 know him."

Dooley, who played collegiately at the University of Scranton, also served as varsity coach at Cumberland Valley, Gettysburg, and Shippensburg.

He also coached in Iceland.Delone coach Dooley dies

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