Lorraine McGrath is the long time wife of basketball hall of fame sportscaster, Dick Vitale, also known as ‘Dickie V.’ Her hubby is widely known as a college basketball broadcaster for ESPN.
Lorraine’s hubby is a New Jersey native whose career began as a head coach in the college and professional ranks. Known for his enthusiastic and colorful remarks, Vitale has also graced the screen appearing in a number of movies. He is also the author of several books.
Born Richard John Vitale on June 9, 1939, the Passaic, New Jersey native graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He also earned a master’s degree in education from William Paterson College.
Beginning in 1959, he coached basketball at the elementary and high school levels.
As a commentator he developed a reputation for his buzz words such as ‘Diaper Dandy’ and ‘PTPer.’ He joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season, just after the network’s September 1979 launch.
In 2008 he was selected as an inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. With him all these years, his wife Lorraine has been his biggest fan.
He and wife Lorraine McGrath have been married for decades. Meet her below.
Lorraine McGrath is actually Dick’s second wife. He was previously married to Joanne.
He and Lorraine McGrath have been married since 1970.
Lorraine and her husband are the proud parents of two adult children. Lorraine McGrath is the mother of daughters, Sherri and Terri Vitale. Both of the couple’s daughters attended Notre Dame on tennis scholarships. Sherri and Terri both hold MBAs from Notre Dame.
Daughter Terri is married to former Notre Dame lacrosse player Christopher Sforzo, who is now a doctor. Sherri to football quarterback Thomas Krug, who is now a judge.
Lorraine and Dick are the proud grandparents to Terri’s son and daughter; and also to Sherri’s twin sons and daughter.
In 2015, Lorraine and her husband donated $1 million to the University of Notre Dame to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students with demonstrated need.
Being married for over four decades, Lorraine McGrath is certainly not shy when it comes to talking about her sexual life with her iconic basketball analyst husband.
During an interview a few years ago, she candidly revealed Vitale got more sexual during March madness. She told reporter at the time, her hubby uses certain erotic techniques only during March Madness, including the dipsy-doo dunkaroo; the super scintillating sensational slam-jam bam bam; the backdoor, baby; and the trifecta, which Lorraine would not describe in detail, but said involves the use of Mr. Vitale’s index, thumb, and forefinger.
The long time wife and mother of two added
Every woman deserves to experience, just once, the type of arousal I feel when my husband and I join together in the slap-a-lapp-anapper.”
According to The Onion, the couple’s odd and oftentimes graphic lascivious behavior began in March 1983. During that time, the two spontaneously made love on Testudo, an oversized bronze statue of a diamondback terrapin turtle that sits outside the University of Maryland library.