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Legendary Bulldogs football coach Jim Malosky dies at age 82

Jim Malosky had a tough-guy image during four successful decades as Minnesota Duluth's football coach, but those who knew him say he was a true family man with a love of life.

Malosky died Sunday afternoon of respiratory failure at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was 82.

Malosky coached at UMD for 40 years from 1958 through 1997, compiling a mark of 255-125-13, the most victories by a Division II coach at the time of his retirement. He never missed a practice or game in four decades. He officially retired in 1999, a year after suffering a stroke.

"My dad was incredibly competitive and had a great zest for life, and was grateful for every moment," Lisa Malosky, one of three daughters, said from her home in Houston. "He was asked recently about the last 13 years, since his stroke, and he said they had been great years. He never complained, and the time he was able to spend with his family was a treasure."

Malosky had been admitted to the hospital the week of Thanksgiving with pneumonia, made a brief recovery, and then was re-admitted Thursday and was surrounded by his family Sunday. He had lived at the accompanying Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis for nearly two years.