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Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Dick Harter
Hall of Fame Inductee
Coach Info:
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2001 Inductee, Basketball (1971-78)

Dick Harter will forever be remembered in Duck lore as the man who brought the “Kamikaze Kids” and their legacy to Oregon basketball. Posting an overall record of 113-81 in his seven years as Duck head coach, Harter’s teams were known for their defensive prowess and hard-charging attitudes. He compiled six consecutive winning seasons, including three consecutive National Invitation Tournament trips from 1974-1977 with records of 21-9, 20-10, and 19-10. He was also named Pac-8 Coach of the Year in 1977.

Harter attracted some of the best players ever to wear the green and yellow, including Ron Lee, Greg Ballard, and eventual Duck head coach Ernie Kent. The Pottstown, Pa., native went on to coach for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers (twice), New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Boston Celtics, and was the first head coach of the expansion Charlotte Hornets, from 1988-90.