A member of the Philadelphia Big 5 and Penn Athletics Halls of Fame, Harter coached the 1970-71 men's basketball team to a 28-1 record.
May 6, 2004
Philadelphia, Pa. - May 5, 2004 - Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Jim O'Brien announced today that the Sixers have hired former Penn men's basketball coach and Penn alumnus Dick Harter, Ed'53 as an assistant coach, effective immediately.
"After 30-plus years of coaching away from Philadelphia, it's nice to be returning to Philadelphia and joining the 76ers," said Harter. "It's particularly nice to be working with a coach like Jim O'Brien, who I have the greatest respect for. I've worked with a lot of great coaches over the years, but none better than Jim."
Harter, 73, has enjoyed a long and successful career in the game, having worked for over 50 seasons as both a head coach and an assistant coach under some of the game's all-time greats. He began his NBA coaching career under Chuck Daly with the Detroit Pistons (1983-86). He also served as an assistant coach under Jack Ramsay at Indiana (1986-88). In 1988 he became the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets (1988-90) in their inaugural season. Harter also worked on the staffs of Pat Riley in New York (1991-94), P.J. Carlesimo in Portland (1994-97), Larry Bird in Indiana (1997-2000) and O'Brien in Boston (2001-2004).
Harter boasts a collegiate head-coaching record of 295-196 (.601) having served as a head coach in the college ranks for 18 seasons. Harter's first stint as a collegiate head coach came during the 1965-66 season when he served as the head coach at Rider University (N.J). After one season at Rider, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, where he replaced Jack McCloskey as head coach of the Quakers. Harter led the Quakers to an 88-44 record from 1966-71. His greatest year came in 1970-71 when the Quakers finished the season 28-1, eventually losing to Villanova in the NCAA Tournament.
He served as the head coach at the University of Oregon from 1971-78, a tenure highlighted by his "Kamikaze Kids" ending UCLA's 98-game home winning streak at Pauley Pavilion. He later served as head coach at Penn State from 1978-83, compiling a 79-61 mark.
Harter is a member of the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame, the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame and the University of Oregon Hall of Fame. Most recently, he was inducted into the State of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame (Pottstown Chapter) in October 2002.
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