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Service for Marv Harshman scheduled for Saturday at UW

A memorial service for Hall of Fame coach Marv Harshman, who died last month at the age of 95, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A memorial service for Naismith Hall of Fame basketball coach Marv Harshman, who died April 12, is 1 p.m. Saturday at Harshman Court on the north side of Alaska Airlines Arena on the Washington campus.

Harshman, who was 95, coached for 40 years at Pacific Lutheran, Washington State and Washington, winning 637 games before his retirement from coaching in 1985, the year he was inducted into the hall of fame.

Scheduled speakers for the event include a number of figures associated with the three college programs Harshman headed, including Jud Heathcote, the longtime former head coach at Montana and Michigan State who was Harshman's assistant at WSU; Bob Houbregs, who led the Huskies to their last Final Four appearance in 1953; and Jim Van Beek, a key player for Harshman's Lutes in the late 1950s.

Lorenzo Romar, UW basketball coach who played for Harshman, also is expected to speak, as are former Husky and NBA standouts Steve Hawes and Detlef Schrempf; two former WSU athletes with whom Harshman was close, Bud Norris and Hugh Campbell, the successful former Canadian Football League coach; plus Harshman's son Dave and a couple of close friends of the family.

Harshman attended Lake Stevens High School and was a 1942 graduate of Pacific Lutheran. He began his coaching career in 1945, spending 13 years there, 13 at WSU and his final 14 seasons at Washington.

The ceremony is expected to last about 90 minutes, with a reception to follow on the arena concourse.

Public parking is available in the E-1 lot north of the arena.

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