Marv Harshman, who coached basketball at his alma mater, Pacific Lutheran, then Washington State and Washington, died Friday at the age of 95.
Marv Harshman, who coached college basketball at Pacific Lutheran, Washington State and Washington for 40 years and became one of the Northwest’s iconic sports figures, died Friday morning.
Harshman, 95, won 637 games and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985, his final year of coaching. In 1984, he was named national coach of the year by the National Assn. of Basketball Coaches.
A native of Eau Claire, Wisc., Harshman was a product of Lake Stevens High School and graduated from Pacific Lutheran in 1942. After a stint in the Navy, he began coaching PLU in 1945 and spent 13 seasons there, going 74-13 in his final three years.
He then coached 13 seasons at Washington State, where his teams finished second three times behind UCLA. He was 155-181 at WSU.
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Harshman came to Washington in 1971, and his first UW team finished second to UCLA. His last two Huskies teams were co-champions of the Pac-10 with Oregon State and USC, and he recorded a 246-146 mark at the UW.
His exit at Washington wasn’t without controversy. William Gerberding, then president at UW, pushed Harshman, 67 at the time, into retirement, and the Huskies followed with a long stretch of mostly unproductive basketball that spanned three coaching regimes.
Harshman has the second-most victories (246) in UW history behind Hec Edmundson’s 488. He had four 20-win seasons with the Huskies.
Harshman told The Seattle Times in 2003 that the best player he coached was UW’s Detlef Schrempf (1982-85), who went on to a productive NBA career.
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