(Manhattan, KS) -- Tex Winter, a Hall of Fame basketball coach and innovator of the triangle offense, died in Manhattan, Kansas. He was 96. He was a pole vaulter and basketball player at Oregon State in the early 1940s. He met his wife Nancy at Oregon State. Both entered the United States Navy in 1943. Winter implemented his unique offense as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, helping them win several NBA crowns.