Maury Halleck coached San Marcos High School boys basketball for 23 years, winning 341 games along the way. Halleck’s teams played in two CIF Finals, and the 1980-1981 squad — known as the Runnin’ Royals — electrified fans and the community.
Maury Halleck, San Marcos High School’s legendary boys basketball coach, died Sunday of natural causes, his family said Monday. He was 86.
Halleck coached the Royals basketball team for 23 years, winning seven league titles and playing in two CIF Finals. He had a great run between 1978 and 1981, winning three Channel League titles, 43 straight regular-season games and the prestigious Tournament of Champions.
The 1979-1980 and 1980-1981 teams each lost only one game. The 1980-1981 team was known as the Runnin’ Royals because of the crowd-pleasing, up-tempo style they played. The team didn’t have a starter taller than 6-4 but it played with great cohesiveness and aggressiveness.
He was named CIF State Coach of the Year in 1981, and he was Southern Section Coach of the Year four times.
Halleck coached San Marcos basketball from 1958 to 1981, compiling a record of 341-202. He took his teams to the CIF playoffs 13 times.
In January 2010, San Marcos paid tribute to Halleck by naming the gymnasium in his honor.
He’s been inducted into the CIF-SS, Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table and San Marcos High School Halls of Fame.
In addition to his success in basketball, Halleck also coached the San Marcos boys tennis team to three league titles and the softball team to a pair of championships. He served two stints as the school’s athletic director, from 1966 to 1972 and 1986 to 1989.
Coach Halleck is survived by his wife, Lorrene and children Brad, Brian, Kevin and Maurene, as well as by many grandchildren.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at San Roque Catholic Church, 3200 Calle Cedro in Santa Barbara.
The family is planning a celebration of Halleck’s life at a later date. All donations in honor of Coach Maury Halleck will benefit the students of San Marcos High School through projects and services to be determined at a later date.