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2011 Hall of Fame Inductee: Jim Harrick

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Sept. 27, 2011

MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up on Sunday, October 9, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif.

From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Jim Harrick's turn:

Of the 13 coaches in Pepperdine men's basketball history, none had a better rate of getting teams into the postseason than Jim Harrick, who took six of his nine squads into either the NCAA or NIT tournaments.

After taking over prior to the 1979-80 season, Harrick posted a 167-97 record, good for a .633 winning percentage. The Waves advanced to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years for the first time in school history under his watch, and did so twice, as his teams accomplished the feat in 1982 and 1983 and again in 1985 and 1986. His career was bookended by NIT appearances in 1980 and in his final season of 1988.

Harrick would be awarded West Coast Conference Coach of the Year four times (1982, 1983, 1985 and 1986) as he led the Waves to outright league titles each of those years. In 1982 and 1986, he earned the District 15 Coach of the Year honor as well. Harrick also directed Pepperdine to a tie for first place in the WCC in 1981.

The Waves dominated the WCC at times during his tenure, posting an 87-35 (.713) record in league games, including a perfect mark of 14-0 in 1982. His 1985-86 team, which went 25-5 overall, recorded the program's most wins since 1951 and still owns the best winning percentage (.833) in school history.

Two of his players (Boot Bond and Dwayne Polee) earned All-American honors. Five players made a total of eight appearances on NABC All-District teams while his Waves also collected four WCC Player of the Year awards.

A graduate of Morris Harvey College in his native West Virginia, Harrick began his coaching career at Morningside High School in Inglewood, Calif. (he had the #1 team in the nation in 1973), and later joined the collegiate ranks as an assistant at Utah State from 1974-77. He then spent two years at UCLA, helping the Bruins to a 50-8 record and two NCAA appearances (in fact, UCLA defeated Pepperdine in the NCAA's second round in 1979) before taking over in Malibu.

 

 

After nine seasons in Malibu, Harrick would return to UCLA as head coach of the Bruins. His team won the 1995 NCAA title, the 11th in program history and its first since 1975, and he was named National Coach of the Year. When he left UCLA after eight seasons, he was the school's second-winningest head coach (192-62) behind John Wooden. Harrick would also serve as head coach at Rhode Island and Georgia, taking both schools to the NCAA Tournament.

His overall record as a college head coach was 470-236, and 37 of his players were drafted into the NBA.

Before eventually retiring and moving back to Southern California, Harrick also served as a scout for the Denver Nuggets and the head coach of the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA Development League.

He and his late wife Sally (she passed away in November 2009) have three sons, Monte, Jim Jr. (who played at Pepperdine) and Glenn, and nine grandchildren.

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