Saint Joseph’s Athletics mourns the passing of Men’s Basketball Hall of Famer Steve Courtin ’64.
A three-year standout for the Hawks, Courtin led St. Joe’s to a pair of NCAA Tournament Appearances and a NIT berth as a senior. Referred to as “one of the best clutch shooters I ever coached at any level” by head Coach Jack Ramsay, Courtin earned both the 1963-64 Robert V. Geasey Memorial Award as the Big Five MVP and All-Middle Atlantic Conference MVP. Courtin etched his name in the Hawks’ record book at both ends of the court, scoring 1,060 career points, while ranking in the top-10 for career steals. Following graduation, Courtin was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals in 1964, and went on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers and in Europe. Courtin was inducted into both the Saint Joseph’s Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame and Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1980.
“Steve was a wonderful friend, an exceptional player, great teammate and loyal Hawk. Such a great athlete that he could have played on our baseball team as a pitcher, track team as a high jumper, and single digit handicapper in golf,” said friend and teammate Don DiJulia ’67. “There was never a game that he played that he didn’t think he could win. Being named Big 5 Player of the Year in its heyday is a testimony to Steve’s star power. After his playing days, he loved following the Hawk games, scores and analyzing a box score.”
“Steve was a good friend over the years. I always enjoyed his company and his upbeat attitude,” said friend and teammate Jim Lynam ’63. “He was a great teammate and a terrific player.”
Courtin is survived by his life partner, Leslie Carey; a daughter, Terilyn Henry (Dennis); and six grandchildren, Danielle Henry, Devon Henry, Casey Keenan, Stephanie Lauletta, Cort Vanzant and Claudia Vanzant.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation from 10:00 am – 11:20 am followed by a Funeral mass at 11:30 am on Monday, August 15, 2022 at St. Mary Magdalen RC Church, 7 Sharpley Rd., Wilmington , Delaware, 19803.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Courtin’s name can be made to the Saint Joseph’s University Men’s Basketball by clicking here.