Marvel Keith Harshman (October 4, 1917 – April 12, 2013) was a college basketball coach, a head coach for forty years in the state of Washington at Pacific Lutheran University, Washington State University, and the University of Washington.
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
October 4, 1917|
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
April 12, 2013 (aged 95)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
2–3 (NCAA Division I)
|Accomplishments and honors|
4 Evergreen (1955–1958)
2 Pac-10 regular season (1984, 1985)
2× Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1982, 1984)
NABC Coach of the Year (1984)
Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1985
College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
Born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Harshman moved to the Pacific Northwest as a child and graduated from Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Washington, where he lettered 13 times in four sports and graduated in 1942. Harshman served three years in the United States Navy during World War II, then returned to PLU to coach. He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the fifteenth round of the 1942 NFL Draft.
While at his alma mater of Pacific Lutheran (1945–58), Harshman was also the head football coach from 1951 to 1957, compiling a 27––-2 (.509) record. He moved to Washington State University in Pullman in 1958 to succeed Jack Friel and coached the Cougars for 13 seasons. When Husky head coach Tex Winter left for the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1971, Harshman moved across the state to the University of Washington in Seattle. He compiled a 637–444 (.589) collegiate record. Pressured by the university administration to step down, Harshman involuntarily retired from coaching at age 67 in 1985, following consecutive conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances.
He was the coach of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City, and served on the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1975 to 1981. Harshman was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in April 1985 and was a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Pacific Lutheran Lutes (Independent) (1945–1949)|
|Pacific Lutheran Lutes (Evergreen Conference) (1949–1958)|
|Washington State Cougars (Pacific Coast Conference) (1958–1969)|
|Washington State Cougars (NCAA University Division independent) (1959–1963)|
|Washington State Cougars (Athletic Association of Western Universities / Pacific-8 Conference) (1963–1971)|
|Washington Huskies (Pac–8 Conference / Pac–10 Conference) (1971–1985)|
|1975–76||Washington||23–5||9–5||3rd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1979–80||Washington||18–10||9–9||5th||NIT First Round|
|1981–82||Washington||19–10||11–7||4th||NIT Second Round|
|1983–84||Washington||24–7||15–3||T–1st||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|1984–85||Washington||22–10||13–5||T–1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
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- Raley, Dan (October 3, 2007). "Harshman turns 90, keeps press on Wooden". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- "Former coach Marv Harshman dies". ESPN. Associated Press. April 12, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- Bell, Gregg (April 12, 2013). "The Passing Of A True Washington Legend, Marv Harshman". University of Washington Athletics. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- Pulkkinen, Levi (April 12, 2013), "Legendary Washington basketball coach Marv Harshman dead at 95", Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- "1942 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
- "Former Washington and Washington State basketball coach Marv Harshman dies at 95", Washington Post, April 12, 2013