Dick Harp 1956-64

KU Record 121-82, .596, 8 Seasons

Dick Harp




         Harp spent 8 seasons as Allen's assistant and took over the head spot when Allen retired.

         Harp played basketball at KU, lettering from 1938-40 and was starting guard on the 1940 KU team that lost to Indiana in the NCAA finals.

         Harp led the Jayhawks to two conference titles and two NCAA tournament berths. In 1957, he led the Jayhawks to the finals, where KU lost to North Carolina 54-53 in triple overtime.

         Both Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Bridges became All-Americans under Harp.

         After leaving KU, Harp served as the director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 13 years.

         Harp is one of only five people to have played and coached in an NCAA title game.

         Harp returned to coaching between 1986-1989 under Dean Smith, another former KU player and assistant under Allen. While at UNC, Harp became acquatinted with a UNC assistant named Roy Williams.

Source: KU Hoops.com

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