(Via VCUAthletics.com) RICHMOND, Va. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ There are so many ways to describeÃ‚Â Terry Sisisky. Energetic, jovial, passionate, loyal and the list can go on and on. Most of all for Sisisky, it was his genuine love of people that made him an unforgettable part of VCU Basketball for 28 years. On Thursday evening, the man who was affectionately known as Ã¢â‚¬Å“T-ManÃ¢â‚¬Â passed away at the age of 58. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Terry was an institution at VCU for three decades. Nobody worked harder for this University than he did. He will be sorely missed.Ã¢â‚¬Â VCU Athletic DirectorÃ‚Â Norwood Teague said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to his family.Ã¢â‚¬Â
His time with the Rams started back on Nov. 28th, 1980 when he urged VCU to a 44-40 victory over Lafayette in the Cavalier Invitational in Charlottesville. From there, he called 567 consecutive games until he attended a nephewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bar mitzvah in 1999. In his 28 years, Sisisky missed just three games for the Black & Gold.
His tenure has spanned six coaches, eight NCAA tournament berths and four NIT appearances.
In addition to VCU basketball, he called the majority of Rams baseball games as well, calling numerous CAA and NCAA tournament games.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is a very tough loss for not only VCU, but the whole Richmond area,Ã¢â‚¬Â Head VCU Baseball CoachÃ‚Â Paul Keyes said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Terry meant so much to so many people and continually sacrificed his time and energy for this athletic department. You wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t run into a better man than him.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Sisisky stepped down from the mike after the 2007-08 campaign, but continued to pursue his undying passion for high school basketball and football games at his alma mater, Petersburg High School.
For his unbelievable dedication to the university, he was inducted into the VCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He also received the Frank Soden Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, as well as being inducted into the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
He will never be forgotten by VCU and their beloved fans.