Dick Harter won three varsity letters as a Pennsylvania basketball player, but is remembered more for his five seasons as the school’s head basketball coach.


Replacing Jack McCloskey after the 1965-66 season, Harter’s first two teams won a total of only 25 games, but his last two won 25 and 28 games, the beginning of a streak of six consecutive 20-victory seasons and eight in the next 10 years for teams coached by Chuck Daly and Bob Weinhauer.  Harter’s last two teams were a perfect 28-0 in Ivy League games and 8-0 in the Philadelphia Big Five.  His last Pennsylvania team, in 1970-71, had a 28-1 record, reached the NCAA Tournament’s Eastern Regional Championship game, and was ranked third in the final Associated Press national poll.  Harter left Penn to take over the head coaching job at the University of Oregon and later took over the head job at Penn State.  Harter was inducted into the Big Five Hall of Fame in 1993.


Since leaving the college coaching ranks, Harter has enjoyed a successful career in the NBA, serving as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, as an assistant under Pat Riley with the New York Knicks and is currently on P.J. Carlesimo’s staff with the Portland Trailblazers.