Harry Litwack

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Harry Litwak
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1907-09-20)September 20, 1907
Poland
Died August 7, 1999(1999-08-07) (aged 91)
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1927-1930 Temple
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1952–1973 Temple
Head coaching record
Overall 373–193 (.659)
Tournaments NCAA: 7-6 (.538)
NIT: 9-6 (.600)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2x NCAA Final Four (1956, 1958)
NIT Champion (1969)
2x MAC Champion (1964, 1972)
Awards
1921 Helms Foundation All-American
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1976 (profile)

Harold "Chief" Litwack (September 20, 1907 – August 7, 1999) was a college basketball coach. He served as head men's coach of Temple University from 1952 to 1973, compiling a 373-193 record.

Litwack was born in Poland, but raised in Philadelphia, USA. He graduated from Temple in 1930. He began his coaching career at Simon Gratz High School (1930–31), then he became head coach of the freshman team at Temple. Meanwhile, he was playing pro basketball with Eddie Gottlieb's all-Jewish Philadelphia Sphas, from 1930 to 1936. Before he became head coach at Temple in 1952, he also served briefly as assistant coach for the Philadelphia Warriors (1948–51). He died at the age of 91 in 1999.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Temple Owls (Independent) (1952–1958)
1952–53 Temple 16-10
1953–54 Temple 15-12
1954–55 Temple 11-10
1955–56 Temple 27-4 NCAA Third Place
1956–57 Temple 20-9
1957–58 Temple 27-3 NCAA Third Place
Temple Owls (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1958–1964)
1958–59 Temple 6-19 4-7 9th
1959–60 Temple 17-9 9-2 3rd NIT First Round
1960–61 Temple 20-8 9-1 2nd NIT Quarterfinals
1961–62 Temple 18-9 8-2 2nd NIT Quarterfinals
1962–63 Temple 15-7 6-3 4th
1963–64 Temple 17-8 6-1 1st NCAA First Round
Temple Owls (Independent) (1964–1969)
1964–65 Temple 14-10
1965–66 Temple 21-7 NIT Quarterfinals
1966–67 Temple 20-8 NCAA First Round
1967–68 Temple 19-9 NIT First Round
1968–69 Temple 22-8 NIT Champions
Temple Owls (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1969–1973)
1969–70 Temple 15-13 2-3 T-3rd (Eastern) NCAA First Round
1970–71 Temple 13-12 3-3 4th (Eastern)
1971–72 Temple 23-8 6-0 1st (Eastern) NCAA First Round
1972–73 Temple 17-10 5-1 2nd (Eastern)
Temple: 373-193 58-23
Total: 373-193

      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

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