Wash. basketball legend Marv Harshman dies at 95


Marv Harshman, Pacific Lutheran College coach, was carried from the court after his team defeated Central Washington, 72-50 in 1958. (AP)

SEATTLE - Marv Harshman, who coached basketball for 40 years in Washington, died on Friday, according to Sportspress Northwest. He was 95.

Marv Harshman was a former star athlete at Pacific Lutheran University who went on to coach college basketball for four decades.

He was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.

Harshman had a 13-year tenure at Washington State University before moving in 1972 to the University of Washington.

When he retired following the 1985 season, he had 642 coaching victories in 1,090 collegiate games.

"We lost a great one this morning," said Lorenzo Romar, Head Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Washington, on Twitter. "One of my greatest mentors and Hall of  Famer as a Coach and man in Marv Harshman passed away at 9:02 a.m."

Sportspress Northwest reports that Harshman had been in an assisted-living facility in Tacoma and had been in failing health.

According to a spokesperson for the family, final arrangements are pending.