Harshman Forever Remembered
Jan. 5, 2008
SEATTLE - One of the legendary names in Husky basketball history will forever be displayed as the University of Washington officially renamed the North Court at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in honor of Marv Harshman in a special ceremony Saturday night.
The newly-named 'Marv Harshman Court' was unveiled in front of approximately 200 former UW, Washington State and Pacific Luteheran University basketball players, coaches, families and friends. The presentation was made prior to Washington's sold-out Pac-10 contest against the Cougars in Bank of America Arena. A public recognition took place at halftime of the game.
Harshman's name is displayed on the main entrance to the facility on the West side of the Pavilion, adjacent to the entrance inside Bank of America Arena and around the centercircle on the playing court.
'This is such an honor. I am humbled and proud,' said Harshman. 'I have been fortunate to have been touched by so many great people, from former players to my fellow coaches and so many great friends over the years.'
In addition to the naming of Harshman Court, a committee of former players, chaired by Steve Hawes, has raised more than $350,000 to endow a scholarship in Harshman's name.
Harshman served as Washington's men's basketball coach from 1972-85 and compiled a record of 246-146. He also coached at Washington State (1959-71) and Pacific Lutheran (1846-58). His career record of 642-448 ranks 25th among all-time NCAA Division I coaches and his 1,090 games coached is the ninth-highest total in NCAA history.
In 1984 he was named the National Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2003.
What They Say About Marv Harshman
'I remember vividly my final visit to Seattle. Washington, which was always well coached by Marv Harshman, defeated us soundly. He was an excellent coach, whose teams were always very fundamentally sound.'
'One of the reasons I'm here coaching at Washington is because of Coach Harshman. He recruited me, he had an impact on me wanting to become a coach and I think he made his opinion felt when they were thinking about hiring me. So I owe a lot to him.
'He was a man of discipline. He understood what he wanted and he knew what it took to get there. I think he had great character. He was consistent. You may not have liked what he was telling you at times, but you knew what he was going to keep telling you.'
'He's a great coach and was a great teacher for me. He really helped me out in all the aspects of the game, from a playing perspective and even now in a coaching perspective as well. Little things that I thought were trivial at the time, as you get older and you're working with young guys you see how important those little things are, like the fundamentals.
'He made a lasting impression and it's great to still talk to him and see him. Even when I went from being a player to get into coaching, he really helped me in that aspect as far as talking to me and telling me a few things that I needed to work on. And then he helped me out as far as talking to other coaches.'
'I was fortunate enough to have a great college coach who stressed team play and fundamentals. This suited me very well and helped me become very successful, because of that particular style. Coach Harshman, now-a-days would probably by called old-school because he stressed tremendously that everyone plays for the good of the team. He was very fond of his team and treated everyone with respect, the same way. You could tell that he truly cared for everyone. So it was a good environment just to be a part of it.'