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.
|Born||October 4, 1917|
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
|Died||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 Evergreen (1951–1952)
Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award (1998)
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
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
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, north of Seattle. He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, where he lettered thirteen times in four sports and graduated in 1942. Harshman served three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then returned to PLU to coach. A fullback, he was selected by the Chicago Cardinals in the fifteenth round (134th overall) of the 1942 NFL Draft.
While at his alma mater (1945–58), Harshman was also the head football coach from 1951 to 1957, compiling a 27–26–2 (.509) record, and also led the baseball team for the last five seasons. He moved east 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) overall 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 independent) (1959–1963)|
|Washington State Cougars (AAWU / Pacific-8 Conference) (1963–1971)|
|Washington Huskies (Pacific–8 / 10 Conference) (1971–1985)|
|1975–76||Washington||23–5||9–5||3rd||NCAA 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 Sweet 16|
|1984–85||Washington||22–10||13–5||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
|Pacific Lutheran (Evergreen Conference) (1951–1957)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
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- Withers, Bud (April 12, 2013). "Former Huskies basketball coach Marv Harshman passes at age 95". Seattle Times. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- 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
- "Harshman tops Winko scorers". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. October 21, 1941. p. 11.
- "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