Legendary PLU, WSU, UW basketball coach Marv Harshman passes away

Legendary PLU, WSU, UW basketball coach Marv Harshman passes away

Credit: University of Washington Athletics

Legendary PLU, WSU, UW basketball coach Marv Harshman passes away

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by KING 5 Sports

KING5.com

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 3:46 PM

Legendary Washington basketball coach Marv Harshman passed away on Friday morning at the age of 95. 

Harshman's 40-year tenure on the sidelines covered the entire state of Washington.  He began coaching at Pacific Lutheran in 1945, and spent 13 seasons leading the Lutes before moving to Pullman.

In 13 seasons at Washington State, Harshman's record was 155-181.

In 1971, he moved back across the state to take over at Washington where he guided the Huskies to to a 246-146 mark until retiring after the 1985 season.  His final two teams were co-Pac-10 champions.

Current Washington coach Lorenzo Romar transferred to play for Harshman at Washington in 1979.  Romar said this afternoon he thought Harshman was a great teacher.

"He had a great understanding of the game, and I wanted to be taught, I wanted to be the best that I could be," said Romar.   "The opportunity to play for a legend was one I thought I couldn't pass up."

Marv Harshman won 637 games and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.

Romar added, "We lost a great man, obviously his accomplishments speak for themselves, but Marv Harshman the man was a great person, a great mentor."

 

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