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Jim Harrick (born July 25, 1938 in Charleston, West Virginiamarker) is a former college basketball head coach who coached at Pepperdine Universitymarker, UCLAmarker, the University of Rhode Islandmarker and the University of Georgiamarker.

Harrick graduated in 1960 from Morris Harvey College, now known as the University of Charlestonmarker. He is of Lebanese ancestry.

On November 20, 2009, Sally Lee Harrick, his wife of 49 years died at the age of 70, from complications of scleroderma.


College coaching career

Harrick's coaching career began at Morningside High Schoolmarker in Inglewood, Californiamarker where he served as an assistant coach from 1964–1969 and as head coach from 1970–1973. He was then hired as an assistant coach at Utah State from 1974–1977. Harrick then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA from 1978–1979. His first collegiate head coaching job was at Pepperdine University in 1979, where he led the school to four NCAA Tournament appearances and was a conference coach of the year four times.


In 1988, he returned to UCLAmarker to assume head coaching duties after the firing of Walt Hazzard. During the recruiting period before his first season, he recruited Don MacLean which was the most significant recruit to commit to UCLA in several years and helped start a revival of the basketball program. During the 1994–1995 season, he led UCLA to the school's eleventh national championship in school history and its first since the 1974–75 season. Shortly before the start of the 1996–97 season, he was accused of falsifying receipts at a student-athlete recruiting dinner, although the NCAA exonerated Harrick of this offense. UCLA fired him for lying to university investigators. Harrick did not tell the athletic department accurately about who attended a recruiting dinner with a $1000 expense report from Monty's Steakhouse, where two extra current team members joined the table. He is the second-winningest coach in UCLA history, behind only John Wooden.

Rhode Island

After a one-year hiatus, Harrick returned to coaching by accepting the head coach position at Rhode Islandmarker. He coached the Rams for two seasons (from 1997–99), where in both years they qualified for the NCAA Tournament. During the 1998 tournament, the Rams upset Kansas in the second round and reached the Midwest Regional finals but were defeated by Stanford 79–77. In his second season, he managed to recruit Lamar Odom and led the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 Conference title.


After the season, he left URI to become the head coach at the University of Georgiamarker. He served there for four seasons (1999–00 through 2002–03), leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice following a losing record. He resigned from his position and retired from coaching after several scandals during his reign at Georgia came to public light.

Later career

After Georgia, Harrick worked as a scout for the NBA's Denver Nuggets and helped develop basketball in China.

On June 13, 2006, Harrick accepted the recently created head coaching position for the Bakersfield Jam, a NBA Development League expansion team. Harrick resigned for personal reasons in December 2007, after the Jam struggled to a 2–14 record.

He is now serving as a college basketball analyst for Prime Ticket, the Southern California affiliate of Fox Sports Net.


While Harrick has been successful as a coach, his checkered history led to his departure from the college coaching profession. He was investigated at UCLA and fired for filing false expense reports. Harrick says he owns a letter from the NCAA exonerating him from any wrong-doing regarding this incident.[243486] At Rhode Island he had been accused of sexual misconduct with a secretary in the athletic offices and of giving players access to privileges not permitted by NCAA regulations.

At Georgia, Harrick's son, Jim Harrick, Jr., got into trouble for paying the $300 phone bill of one of his players, Tony Cole. He also gave an "A" to Cole, Rashad Wright and Chris Daniels for a basketball strategy class even though they never attended the class. [243487] Additionally, it emerged that six players didn't pay for over $1,500 of long-distance telephone calls in December 2001, but Georgia didn't report the violations until July 2003. In the midst of the controversy, Georgia pulled out of the 2003 SEC Tournament and withdrew from postseason consideration. After the story broke, Georgia suspended Harrick, Jr. on February 28, 2003 and fired him five days later. Harrick, Sr. was suspended on March 10 and resigned on March 27.

In 2004, the NCAA placed Georgia on four years' probation for the violations. It also forced the Bulldogs to vacate half of its wins from 2001–02 and all of its wins from 2002–03—30 games in all. Harrick, Jr. was slapped with a seven-year "show-cause" order for his role in the academic fraud, as well as telling two of the players involved to lie to the NCAA. The "show-cause" effectively blackballed him from the college ranks until 2011 at the earliest.

Head Coaching Record

*Georgia vacated 11 wins in 2001–02 and all of its wins in 2002–03, as well as its share of the 2002 SEC East title and its [[2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament|2002 NCAA Tournament appearance]], due to an academic fraud scandal. Official record for 2001–02 is 11–10 (0–6 SEC), official record for 2002–03 is 0–8 (0–5 SEC).
**Record at Georgia is 37–53 (3–30 SEC) without vacated games.


  • 1999: Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship (Rhode Island)
  • 1995: NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship (UCLA)
  • 1995: National Coach of the Year (Naismith, NABC)
  • 1992, 1995-1996: Pac 10 Conference Championship (UCLA)
  • 1992, 1995-1996: Pac 10 Coach of the Year (UCLA)
  • 1990: Morris Harvey College-University of Charlestonmarker Golden Eagle Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1981-1983, 1985-1986: West Coast Athletic Conference Championship (Pepperdine)
  • 1982-1983, 1985-1986: West Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (Pepperdine)

  • 14-Time NCAA Division I Tournament
  • Winning Percentage: 451-227 (.665)


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