Jim Haney

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Jim Haney
Biographical details
Bornc. 1949 (age 69–70)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1972Oregon (GA)
1972–1978Oregon (asst.)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1983–1985Metro Conference (asst. commissioner)
1985–1988MVC (commissioner)
1988–1992PCAA/Big West (commissioner)
1992–presentNABC (executive director)
Head coaching record
Overall53–82 (.393)
Accomplishments and honors
Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award (2007)

Jim Haney (born c. 1949) was the head basketball coach at the University of Oregon in Eugene for five seasons, from 1978 to 1983.

Early years[edit]

Haney starred in basketball in Pennsylvania at Mt. Lebanon High School southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1967.[1]

After considering Cornell and Rutgers,[1] he played college basketball under head coach Dick Harter in the Ivy League at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he majored in chemical engineering.[2] He sat out his freshman season after two surgeries for a dislocated kneecap, then played three seasons for the Quakers. He was voted the team's "most inspirational" player as a senior, as Penn won its first 28 games before falling in the Elite Eight to Philly neighbor Villanova.[1][3] Haney earned a B.S.Ch.E. degree from Penn in 1971.


When Harter was hired at Oregon 1971, Haney chose coaching over engineering and became a graduate assistant on the Ducks' staff, and was elevated to assistant coach the next year. Harter was known for his "Kamikaze Kids" defense, and led the Ducks for seven seasons. When he left for Penn State in State College in 1978, Haney was promoted in March at age 29.[4][5] His first contract as head coach was for three years at $29,000 per year.[6][7]

Haney's best year in the Pac-10 was his first in 1979, when the Ducks were 7–11 and finished in a tie for sixth. Near the end of his fifth season, he resigned in March 1983 because of his uninspiring record,[2][8][9][10] which was 53–82 (.388), and 27–63 (.300) in the Pac-10 conference.[11][12][13] He had one year remaining on his contract, at just under $36,700 annually.[2]

Haney was succeeded in Eugene by Don Monson, who had posted a 100–41 (.709) record in five years at Idaho in Moscow, with significant success against the northwest Pac-10 schools (3–0 against Haney's Ducks). The prior season in 1982, Monson's nationally-ranked Vandals were 27–3, third-seeded in the west regional, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

After coaching[edit]

Haney accepted an assistant's position at the University of Kansas under head coach Larry Brown,[14] but before the season began he went to the Metro Conference as its assistant commissioner. He became commissioner in 1985 for the Missouri Valley Conference for three years and the PCAA for four years,[15] which was renamed the Big West in 1992.[16][17] He left later that year for the National Association of Basketball Coaches and became its executive director.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oregon Ducks (Pacific-10 Conference) (1978–1983)
1978–79 Oregon 12–15 7–11 T–6th
1979–80 Oregon 10–17 5–13 T–7th
1980–81 Oregon 13–14 6–12 7th
1981–82 Oregon 9–18 4–14 T–8th
1982–83 Oregon 9–18 5–13 9th
Oregon: 53–82 27–63
Total: 53–82



  1. ^ a b c Clark, Bob (December 7, 1977). "Jim Haney". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1D.
  2. ^ a b c Kayfes, Dave (March 3, 1983). "For Haney, 'it was time' to resign". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1C.
  3. ^ "Villanova slaughters Penn by 90-47". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. March 21, 1971. p. 59.
  4. ^ "Ducks get their man". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. March 15, 1978. p. 1A.
  5. ^ Newnham, Blaine (March 15, 1978). "UO makes quick move - Haney". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  6. ^ Clark, Bob (March 16, 1978). "Haney begins laying foundation". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  7. ^ "Oregon hires Jim Haney". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. March 16, 1978. p. 54.
  8. ^ "Time is growing short for Duck coach Haney". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. February 14, 1983. p. 18.
  9. ^ "Haney resigns Ducks' coaching position". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. March 3, 1983. p. D1.
  10. ^ "Oregon basketball will see new coach". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. March 3, 1983. p. 21.
  11. ^ a b "Media guide (men's basketball)". University of Oregon Athletics. Fall 2014. pp. 91–92.
  12. ^ a b "Haney's record". Eugene Register-Guard. March 3, 1983. p. 4C.
  13. ^ a b Kayfes, Dave (March 13, 1983). "Haney's finale is a night for Cal". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B.
  14. ^ Kayfes, Dave (May 6, 1983). "Haney accepts a job at Kansas". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1C.
  15. ^ "Haney moves to PCAA". Lawrence Journal-World. Kansas. Associated Press. March 11, 1988. p. 2B.
  16. ^ "As of July 1, you can call the PCAA the Big West". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. associated Press. June 4, 1988. p. 3C.
  17. ^ "Big West expansion given official approval". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Associated Press. May 15, 1992. p. D3.

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