As a Pacers assistant in 2009
October 14, 1930|
|Died||March 12, 2012
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
|High school||The Hill School
|1983–1986||Detroit Pistons (assistant)|
|1986–1988||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|1991–1994||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|1994–1997||Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)|
|1997–2000||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|2001–2004||Boston Celtics (assistant)|
|2004–2007||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|2007–2010||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Harter attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he played basketball for the Quakers and graduated in 1953. He served two years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and then was an assistant freshman coach back at Penn for a year. He then coached at Germantown Academy for three years, then back to Penn in 1959 as an assistant coach.
College head coach
Harter left Penn in 1965 to become head coach at Rider University, then returned to Penn as its head coach. After success at Penn, with just one regular season defeat in his final two seasons, Harter was hired in April 1971 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He succeeded Steve Belko, who stepped down after fifteen years and consecutive 17–9 seasons to become assistant athletic director.
Harter was regarded as one of the top defensive coaches in the 1970s, where his "Kamikaze Kids" at Oregon in the Pac-8 were known for a swarming defense. Many basketball notables came from Harter's Duck program, including Stu Jackson and former Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. After seven seasons in Eugene, Harter left Oregon in 1978, at a salary of $38,000 annually, for Penn State and $41,000, where he stayed for five seasons.
Harter's first job in the NBA was as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons in the 1982–83 season. He left in 1986 to become an assistant for the Indiana Pacers. In 1988, he was hired into his first head coaching position, with the expansion Charlotte Hornets; he was the franchise's first ever head coach. In the team's second season Harter was fired in 1990 during mid-season when the Hornets' record was 8–32. Harter went on to be an assistant coach for the New York Knicks under Pat Riley (1991-1994), Portland Trail Blazers under P. J. Carlesimo (1994-1997), Indiana Pacers under Larry Bird (1997-2000), and Boston Celtics under Jim O'Brien. Harter joined the Philadelphia 76ers' coaching staff on May 5, 2004. On June 13, 2007, Harter joined the Indiana Pacers for the third time, as an assistant coach under O'Brien.
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|Charlotte||1988–89||82||20||62||.244||6th in Atlantic||–||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Rider Broncs (NCAA University Division independent) (1965–1966)|
|Penn Quakers (Ivy League) (1966–1971)|
|1969–70||Penn||25–2||14–0||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1970–71||Penn||28–1||14–0||1st||NCAA Elite 8|
|Oregon Ducks (Pacific-8 Conference) (1971–1978)|
|Penn State Nittany Lions (Eastern Athletic Association) (1978–1979)|
|Penn State Nittany Lions (NCAA Division I independent) (1979–1982)|
|1979–80||Penn State||18-10||NIT 1st Round|
|Penn State Nittany Lions (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1982–1983)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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- Harter joins O'Brien's staff - NBA - ESPN
- Dick Harter NBA & ABA Basketball Coaching Record | Basketball-Reference.com
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