Monday , Aug , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs assistant coach dies at 41

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Mark
Osowski passed away Sunday due to complications from pancreatitis, the team
announced Monday afternoon.

Osowski, 41, had 20 years of coaching experience and worked alongside head
coach Paul Silas for the 2003-04 campaign, their first season with the

“This is a tragic loss for all of us,” said Cavs GM Jim Paxson. “Mark lived
life to the fullest and he worked passionately every day. He was such a
vibrant and dynamic person to be around. I respected him greatly, as did our
entire organization. He will be missed very much.”

The duo of Silas and Osowski also worked together as assistants for two years
with the Charlotte under Dave Cowens. Osowski remained on the staff when Silas
was named the head man midway through the 1998-99 season. Subsequent to that,
Osowski spent three years with the Golden State Warriors before reuniting with
Silas in Cleveland.

“Mark had a very positive impact on the players and staff alike,” Silas said.
“He touched all of us every day with his charisma and sense of humor. He was a
wonderful friend and one of the hardest working people I’ve ever worked with.
We worked closely together, side by side, for many years and it is difficult
for me to express how much I’m going to miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are
with his wife Kristin, her family and Mark’s family.”

Osowski is survived by his wife Kristin-Ann.