Hartman, Jack

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Hartman, Jack

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        Jack Hartman was the head coach for the Kansas State men’s basketball team from 1970 to 1986. Hartman played basketball and football at Oklahoma A&M from 1943 to 1944 but failed to graduate due to his service in the Navy in World War 2. Upon the conclusion of his service in 1947, he returned to Oklahoma A&M, again playing football and basketball, before graduating in 1950 with a BS in Education. Hartman began his coaching career in 1951 coaching high school football. In 1954, he earned his master’s degree from Oklahoma State University, while also working as a graduate assistant coach to the Oklahoma State basketball team under head coach Henry Iba. Hartman became the head basketball coach for Coffeyville Junior College in 1955. Hartman coached the team to an NJCAA national championship victory in 1962, after which he became the head coach for Southern Illinois University. Southern Illinois won the NIT championship in 1967 and Hartman was named Sporting News Coach of the Year. He left Southern Illinois for Kansas State in 1970. While head coach at K-State, Hartman’s teams won 3 Big Eight Conference championships and Hartman was selected Big Eight Coach of the Year twice. He was also selected as Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in the 1980-81 season. Hartman retired in 1986 and has since been inducted into the Southern Illinois University Hall of Fame, Kansas State University Hall of Fame, State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, and Coffeyville Community College Hall of Fame. Hartman died in 1998


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        Written in November 2020 by Jarrod Kuckelman.




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