Jim Harrick
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Jim Harrick
Jim Harrick
Jim Harrick.jpg
Harrick in 2008
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
TeamCal State Northridge
ConferenceBig West
Biographical details
Born (1938-07-25) July 25, 1938 (age 82)
Charleston, West Virginia
Alma materMorris Harvey College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963-1969Morningside HS (assistant)
1969-1973Morningside HS
1973-1977Utah State (assistant)
1977-1979UCLA (assistant)
1997-1999Rhode Island
2006-2007Bakersfield Jam
2018-presentCal State Northridge (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall470-235 (college)[1]
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Division I (1995)
5 WCAC regular season (1981-1983, 1985, 1986)
3 Pac-10 regular season (1992, 1995, 1996)
Atlantic 10 Tournament (1999)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (1995)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1995)
WCAC Coach of the Year (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986)

James Richard Harrick (born July 25, 1938) is an American basketball coach who is an assistant coach for the Cal State Northridge Matadors. He has been the head coach at UCLA, Pepperdine University, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Georgia over a combined total of 23 seasons. During the 1994-1995 season, he led UCLA to a 31-1 record and the school's eleventh national championship, its first since the 1974-75 season.


Born in Charleston, West Virginia, Harrick graduated in 1960 from Morris Harvey College, now known as the University of Charleston. He is of Lebanese ancestry. On November 20, 2009 Sally Lee Harrick, his wife of 49 years, died aged 70 from complications of scleroderma.[2]

College coaching career

Harrick's coaching career began at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California where he served as an assistant coach from 1964 to 1969 and as head coach from 1970 to 1973. He was then hired as an assistant coach at Utah State University from 1974 to 1977. Harrick then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA from 1978 to 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 UCLA to assume head coaching duties after the firing of Walt Hazzard. During the recruiting period before his first season, he recruited Don MacLean, the most significant recruit to commit to Westwood in several years. McLean's arrival helped start a revival of the basketball program. By 1992, the Bruins were back in the Elite Eight, officially the first time they had advanced that far in 13 years. The 1979-80 team went all the way to the national championship game, but had that appearance vacated due to ineligible players.[3] This was officially the second time they had advanced that far since John Wooden left the school.

During the 1994-1995 season, he led UCLA to a 31-2 record (a loss to California was subsequently forfeited to the Bruins) and the school's eleventh national championship, its first since the 1974-75 season. The 31 wins would stand as a school record until the 2005-06 season. A year later, Harrick's Bruins were upset in the first round by Princeton.

As it turned out, this would be the last game Harrick would coach in Westwood. Shortly before the start of the 1996-97 season, he was accused of falsifying receipts at a student-athlete recruiting dinner when two current players, Cameron Dollar and Charles O'Bannon, joined the table. Since Harrick paid for the entire meal, it amounted to an improper extra benefit for Dollar and O'Bannon. To cover up their presence, Harrick included the names of his wife and the wife of newly hired assistant Michael Holton on the expense report. When the school investigated, Harrick told Holton to tell athletic director Peter Dalis that Holton's wife was at the meal. However, a day later, Holton confessed that wasn't true. On November 6, 1996, Dalis and school chancellor Chuck Young gave Harrick an ultimatum: resign by the next morning or be fired. Harrick opted to take the firing. Although picking up the tab for Dollar and O'Bannon was a secondary violation at best, Young and Dalis felt Harrick's attempted cover-up was unforgivable.[4] However, Harrick claims that the NCAA has cleared him of wrongdoing.[5]

He left UCLA as the school's second-winningest coach, behind only Wooden. However, he is now third behind Wooden and Ben Howland.

Rhode Island

After a one-year hiatus, Harrick returned to coaching by accepting the head coach position at Rhode Island. 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 tournament title.


After the season, he left URI to become the head coach at the University of Georgia. He served there for four seasons (1999-00 through 2002-03), leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice following a losing record.

His tenure at Georgia ended in controversy in the spring of 2003. His son, Jim Harrick, Jr., a Georgia assistant, got into trouble for paying $300 in expenses for one of his players, Tony Cole.[6] He also gave an "A" to Cole, Rashad Wright and Chris Daniels for a basketball strategy class even though they never attended it.[7] After the story broke, Georgia pulled out of the 2003 SEC Tournament and withdrew from postseason consideration. The school 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 after being told his contract wouldn't be renewed.[8]

An NCAA investigation confirmed the violations, also finding that six players didn't pay for over $1,500 of long-distance telephone calls in December 2001. The telephone charges in question were due to hotel error and ultimately never charged to the program. Since they weren't valid charges, Georgia didn't self-report the violations until an internal investigation into the program in July 2003. In 2004 the NCAA placed Georgia on four years' probation for the violations. It also forced the Bulldogs to vacate half of their wins from 2001-02 and all their wins from 2002-03--30 games in all. Harrick, Jr. was given a seven-year show-cause penalty 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.[9]

Later career

After Georgia, Harrick worked as a scout for the NBA's Denver Nuggets and helped develop basketball in China.[1]

On June 13, 2006, Harrick accepted the head coaching position for the Bakersfield Jam, an NBA Development League team.[10] Harrick resigned for personal reasons in December 2007, after the Jam struggled to a 2-14 record.[11]

Harrick later became a college basketball analyst for Prime Ticket, the Southern California affiliate of Fox Sports Net.

Head coaching record


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Pepperdine Waves (West Coast Athletic Conference) (1979-1988)
1979-80 Pepperdine 17-11 9-7 T-5th NIT First Round
1980-81 Pepperdine 16-12 11-3 T-1st
1981-82 Pepperdine 22-7 14-0 1st NCAA Division I Second Round
1982-83 Pepperdine 20-9 10-2 1st NCAA Division I First Round
1983-84 Pepperdine 15-13 6-6 T-4th
1984-85 Pepperdine 23-9 11-1 1st NCAA Division I First Round
1985-86 Pepperrdine 25-5 13-1 1st NCAA Division I First Round
1986-87 Pepperdine 12-18 5-9 7th
1987-88 Pepperdine 17-13 8-6 4th NIT First Round
Pepperdine: 167-97 87-35
UCLA Bruins (Pacific-10 Conference) (1988-1996)
1988-89 UCLA 21-10 13-5 3rd NCAA Division I Second Round
1989-90 UCLA 22-11 11-7 4th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1990-91 UCLA 23-9 11-7 2nd NCAA Division I First Round
1991-92 UCLA 28-5 16-2 1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1992-93 UCLA 22-11 11-7 3rd NCAA Division I Second Round
1993-94 UCLA 21-7 13-5 2nd NCAA Division I First Round
1994-95 UCLA 32-1 17-1 1st NCAA Division I Champion
1995-96 UCLA 23-8 16-2 1st NCAA Division I First Round
UCLA: 192-62 108-36
Rhode Island Rams (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1997-1999)
1997-98 Rhode Island 25-9 12-4 2nd (East) NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1998-99 Rhode Island 20-13 10-6 2nd (East) NCAA Division I First Round
Rhode Island: 45-22 22-10
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1999-2003)
1999-00 Georgia 10-20 3-13 6th (East)
2000-01 Georgia 16-15 9-7 3rd (East) NCAA Division I First Round
2001-02 Georgia 22-10* 10-6* T-1st (East)* NCAA Division I Second Round*
2002-03 Georgia 19-8* 11-5* 3rd (East)
Georgia: 67-53** 33-31**
Total: 471-234

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*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 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.


  • 1995: National Coach of the Year (Naismith, NABC)
  • 1995: Pac-10 Coach of the Year
  • 1990: Morris Harvey College-University of Charleston Golden Eagle Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1982-1983, 1985-1986: West Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (Pepperdine)

See also


  1. ^ a b Jim Harrick to step down as coach of the Bakersfield Jam, Associated Press, December 29, 2007.
  2. ^ Nov 21, foxsports; ET, 2009 at 7:01a (2009-11-21). "Sally Harrick, wife of former UCLA coach, dies". FOX Sports. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Upi (1981-12-09). "U.c.l.a. on Probation in Basketball". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Wolff, Alexander Out To Dinner, Out Of A Job Sports Illustrated, November 18, 1996
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2482986
  6. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/news/2003/02/27/cole_uga_ap
  7. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/news/2003/03/10/georgiasuspends_harrick_ap
  8. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/news/2003/03/27/harrick_resigns_ap
  9. ^ https://web1.ncaa.org/LSDBi/exec/miSearch?miSearchSubmit=publicReport&key=574&publicTerms=THIS%20PHRASE%20WILL%20NOT%20BE%20REPEATED
  10. ^ Harrick to coach Bakersfield in NBA D-league, Associated Press, June 13, 2006.
  11. ^ Jim Harrick to step down as coach of the Bakersfield Jam Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine, NBA.com, December 28, 2007.

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