Jack Hartman

Jack Hartman (1925-1998)

Teams coached: Southern Illinois Salukis, Kansas State Wildcats
Southern Illinois record^: 144-64 (.692)
Kansas State record: 295-169 (.636)
Overall record^: 439-233 (.653)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  7  (1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  6  (1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  1  (1967)
  • NIT Appearances:  3  (1967, 1969, 1976)
  • NCIT Appearances:  1  (1974)
  • Big Eight Regular Season Champion:  3  (1972, 1973, 1977)
  • Big Eight Tournament Champion:  2  (1977, 1980)
  • NCAA Division II National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1965, 1966)   
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  4  (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four:  3  (1963, 1965, 1966)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1970-1986 Kansas State
1962-1970 Southern Illinois
1955-1962 Coffeyville CC
1954-1955 Oklahoma State (asst)

Jack Hartman Facts

  • Jack Hartman
  • Born October 7, 1925
  • Died November 6, 1998
  • Hometown: Dewey, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: Oklahoma A&M University (BA, 1950 & MS, 1954)
  • Graduated from Webb City HS (OK) before going on to play basketball and football at Oklahoma A&M (now State); played basketball under legendary head coach Henry Iba
    • Left school in 1944 to join the US Navy; served during WWII in the Pacific Theatre
    • Returned to Stillwater in 1946, playing basketball and football for another year each
  • Started his coaching career in 1951, coaching football and basketball at various Oklahoma high schools for three years
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1954, spending one year as an assistant coach on Iba’s staff
  • Was the head basketball coach at Coffeyville JC (KS) for seven seasons, as well as the head football coach for three seasons
  • Became an NCAA head coach in 1962, spending the next eight years leading the men’s basketball program at Southern Illinois
    • From 1962-1968, SIU was in the College Division (now Division II) and reached the NCAA Tournament four times (including three Final Fours and two Runner-Up finishes)
    • Coached All-American and future Hall of Fame player Walt Frazier for four seasons
    • Won the 1967 NIT title, as the event invited teams from both the College and University divisions
    • The program was a Division I Independent for the final two years of Hartman’s tenure
  • Returned to Kansas in 1970, spending the next sixteen seasons as the head coach at Kansas State
    • Won 295 games, three Big Eight titles and two Big Eight Tournaments during his tenure
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament seven times, moving on to the Sweet Sixteen or further six out of seven trips
    • Retired in 1986, spending time as a color commentator for K-State games on Manhattan (KS) local TV
    • Briefly came out of retirement in 1996 to coach the Kansas State women’s team for their final seven games (3-4 (2-2))
    • A street near K-State’s Bramlage Coliseum is named “Jack Hartman Drive” in his honor
  • Inducted into the Naismith HOF (1984) & was a member of the inaugural 2006 class of the National Collegiate Basketball HOF
    • Also in the SIU HOF (1986), KSU HOF (1990), State of Kansas Sports HOF (1990) and Coffeyville CC HOF (1991)
  • Along with his wife, Pat, had three daughters

Jack Hartman Coaching Tree

  • Bob Chipman (Washburn)
  • Mike Evans (Denver Nuggets)
  • Bob Gottlieb (Milwaukee, Jacksonville)
  • Tim Jankovich (SMU, Illinois State, North Texas)
  • Lon Kruger (Oklahoma, UNLV, Atlanta Hawks, Illinois, Florida, Kansas State, UT-PA)
  • Jim Molinari (Western Illinois, Bradley, Northern Illinois)
  • Joe Ramsey (Oklahoma)
  • Brad Underwood (Illinois, Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the men’s NCAA Division I land Division II levels only; note SIU was not Division I until the 1968-69 season