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Dick Vitale
Dick Vitale in 2011.
Personal information
Born June 9, 1939 (1939-06-09) (age 82)
Passaic, New Jersey
High school East Rutherford
(East Rutherford, New Jersey)
Career information
College Seton Hall
Coaching career 1963–1979
Career history
As coach:
1963–1964 Garfield HS
1964–1971 East Rutherford HS
1971–1973 Rutgers (assistant)
1973–1977 University of Detroit
1978–1979 Detroit Pistons

Richard John Vitale ( born June 9, 1939), also known as "Dickie V", is an American basketball sportscaster. A former head coach in the college and professional ranks, he is well known for his 41-year tenure as a college basketball broadcaster for ESPN. He is known for catchphrases such as "This is awesome, baby!" and "diaper dandy" (outstanding freshman player), as well as his enthusiastic and colorful remarks during games. He has also written nine books, and appeared in several films.

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