Veteran NBA assistant Dick Harter dies at 81

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 13, 2012
Dick Harter, a veteran NBA assistant who also led Penn to two NCAA tournament appearances, has died at the age of 81. A spokesman for the Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head, S.C., said Tuesday that Harter died Monday night. The cause of death wasn't immediately released and funeral arrangements were pending. Harter was the Charlotte Hornets' first head coach. He was also an assistant with the Indiana Pacers three times before retiring in 2010. He was the defensive coach under Larry Bird when the Pacers reached the NBA Finals in 2000. Before that, he assisted Chuck Daly in Detroit, Pat Riley with the New York Knicks and P.J. Carlesimo in Portland. Harter coached at Rider, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Penn State, compiling a college record of 295-196 and two Ivy League championships with the Quakers.
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