Tom Zaliagiris News Archive

Tom Zaliagiris, former UNC star, dies at 50

Tom Zaliagiris, a furniture company executive and a former University of North Carolina basketball standout, died Monday at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The cause of death was a Streptococcus bacteria infection. Zaliagiris was 50. He played guard at UNC from 1974 through 1978. Zaliagiris is remembered for his fierce competitive nature and his broad smile.

Farewell to Tom Zaliagiris

Tom Zaliagiris, 50, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Feb. 23, 1956, in Detroit, Mich., Tom graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School in 1974 and from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1978. Tom played basketball under Coach Dean Smith and played in the final game of the 1977 NCAA Championship. He also played professional basketball in Rome, Italy.

Tom Zaliagiris passes away

We've been informed that former Tar Heel Tom Zaliagiris passed away this weekend from a freak injury suffered at his home. He played for Dean Smith's teams from 1975-78 and averaged 9.3 points in his senior season. Many in the state got to know him after his career as he worked in the furniture industry, most recently with Southwood Furniture Corporation. We send our best wishes to his family. (Inside Carolina) 'Tom Zaliagiris As A Man'

Lucas: UNC Basketball Mailbag Jan. 30

The Carolina Basketball family suffered a loss this weekend when Tom Zaliagiris passed away unexpectedly. Zaliagiris was a gritty member of Carolina basketball from 1975-78. He shared one of the most memorable Senior Days in Tar Heel history with Phil Ford at Carmichael Auditorium in 1978. The tears that flowed that day showed how much both players valued their time in Chapel Hill.

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