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Ex-Wildcats Coach Hartman Dies


Jack Hartman, who coached Kansas State's basketball team for 16 years and won more games than any coach in school history, died at age 73.

The university Friday confirmed Hartman's death but did not release details.

KMAN radio in Manhattan reported he died of heart failure Thursday night in a Santa Fe, N.M., hospital. He lived in Manhattan but also had a home in New Mexico.

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  • Hartman led the Wildcats to a 295-169 record before retiring in 1986. He also coached for seven years at Southern Illinois and had a men's Division I coaching record of 439-233.

    "Jack was a great coach," said Norm Stewart, the longtime Missouri coach. "If I were to list all the people I've coached against, he'd be right there among the top five."

    He came out of retirement briefly to be the interim coach of the Kansas State women's team, which was 3-4 under him in the last seven games of the 1995-96 season.

    "We could tell right away that he was basketball mastermind," said Brit Jacobson, who played on that team. "I never met anyone who knew the game as well."

    Hartman was honored as National Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Writers after the 1980-81 season in which Kansas State reached the NCAA regional finals and made the cover of Sports Illustrated with an upset of second-ranked Oregon State.

    His Kansas State teams won three Big Eight titles and twice won the conference tournament. The Wildcats made nine postseason appearances during his tenure.

    Hartman also coached the United States to a gold medal in the 1983 Pan American Games, a team led by MichaeJordan, Chris Mullin and Sam Perkins.

    Among the NBA players Hartman coached at Southern Illinois and Kansas State were Walt Frazier, Rolando Blackman, Ed Nealy and Mike Evans.

    Hartman coached Southern Illinois to the National Invitation Tournament championship in 1967. He coached for seven years at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, producing a national junior college title in 1962.

    Hartman remained popular in Manhattan after his retirement. The street leading to Bramlage Coliseum, where the Wildcats now play, is named for him.

    He starred in basketball and football at Oklahoma State, earning All-Missouri Valley Conference honors as a quarterback. He went on to play in the Canadian Football League.

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