Dick Harter, the first coach of the Charlotte Hornets and a long-time National Basketball Association assistant under Pat Riley and Chuck Daly, died yesterday at the age of 81.
Harter was also a coach at the University of Oregon, which announced his death in a news release. He succumbed to cancer at his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the Portland Tribune reported without saying where it got the information.
Harter became the first coach of the expansion Hornets in 1988 and had a 28-94 record in 1 1/2 seasons with the franchise, which has since relocated to New Orleans. He was an assistant under Riley with the New York Knicks and Daly with the Detroit Pistons, and also had NBA coaching stints with the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.
Harter had a 113-81 record from 1971 to 1978 as coach at Oregon, where his teams were known for strong defense and ended UCLA’s 98-game home winning streak at Pauley Pavilion in 1976. He was also coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University and Rider University.
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