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Dick Harter (born October 14, 1930 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania) is an American basketball coach, who has served as both a head and assistant coach in both the NBA and NCAA.

Coaching career

In the 1970s, Harter, who regarded as one of the top defensive coaches in the game, was the head basketball coach at the University of Oregon, where his "Kamikaze kids" were known for a swarming defense. In 1974, when the rival Oregon State Beavers clinched the Chancellor’s Trophy, which was annually given to the team that won the Civil War series, the head cheerleader brought out the trophy and was running around the floor when Dick Harter tripped him. Many basketball notables came from Harter's Oregon program, including Stu Jackson and former Oregon coach Ernie Kent. He has also served as the head basketball coach at the University of Pennsylvania and at Penn State.

Harter's first job in the NBA was as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons, in the 1982-83 season. He left in 1986 to become an assistant for the Indiana Pacers. In 1988, he was hired into his first head coaching position, with the expansion Charlotte Hornets. In the team's second season Harter was fired in 1990 during mid-season when the Hornets' record was 8-33. Harter went on to work on the coaching staffs of the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics. Harter is often credited by then-Pacers head coach Larry Bird as the reason for the team's trip to the 2000 NBA Finals. Harter joined the Philadelphia 76ers' coaching staff on May 5, 2004.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
University of Oregon (Pac 8 Conference) (1971–1978)
1971-72 Oregon 6-20 0-14
1972-73 Oregon 16-10 8-6
1973-74 Oregon 15-11 9-5
1974-75 Oregon 21-9 6-8 NIT
1975-76 Oregon 19-11 10-4 NIT
1976-77 Oregon 19-10 9-5 NIT
1977-78 Oregon 16-11 6-8
Oregon: 112-82 48-50

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

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Preceded by
Initial coach
Charlotte Hornets Head Coach
Succeeded by
Gene Littles
Preceded by
Steve Belko
University of Oregon Head Basketball Coach
Succeeded by
Jim Haney

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