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Pottstown Native, Former Penn State Coach Dick Harter Dies

Born Oct. 14, 1930, in Pottstown, the former U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant compiled a 57-year career in coaching that spanned both the collegiate and professional games.

 

Former Penn State men's basketball head coach Dick Harter, 81, died from cancer on Sunday at his home in Hilton Head, S.C., according to the Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore.

Harter compiled a 295-196 record in 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, that had stints at Rider, Penn, Oregon and Penn State.

He led the Nittany Lion program from 1978-79 through 1982-83. Harter led the Nittany Lions to a 79-61 record in five seasons, guiding Penn State to the school's first postseason appearance in 14 years in the 1980 NIT.

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