Jim Harding

Jim Harding (c. 1927-2000)

Teams coached: Loyola (LA) Wolf Pack, Gannon Golden Knights, La Salle Explorers, Minnesota Pipers, Detroit Mercy Titans
Loyola (LA) record: 16-9 (.640)
Gannon record: 57-14 (.803)
La Salle record: 20-8 (.714)
Detroit Mercy record: 55-45 (.550)
Overall record^: 148-76 (.661)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1958, 1968)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Middle Atlantic Regular Season Champion:  (1968)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1969-1973 Detroit Mercy
1968-1969 Minnesota Pipers
1967-1968 La Salle
1963-1966 Gannon
1957-1958 Loyola (LA)

Jim Harding Facts

  • James F. Harding
  • Born c. 1927
  • Died June 3, 2000
  • Hometown: Clinton, Iowa
  • Alma Mater: University of Iowa (BA, 1949 & MA)
  • An all-state high school basketball and football star in Iowa, Harding played both sports, the former for head coach Pops Harrison at Iowa
    • Briefly played professional basketball for the ABA’s Wilkes-Barre team after graduating from Iowa
  • Spent several years as head coach at Marquette University HS in Milwaukee, WI, going 56-9 overall winning a state championship in 1954
  • First collegiate coaching job was a one-year stint at then-Division I Loyola (LA) in New Orleans
    • Harding went 16-9 and led the Wolf Pack to the D-I NCAA Tournament in 1958
  • Hired in 1963 to be the head basketball coach and athletic director at Gannon University in Erie, PA
    • Went 57-14 overall in three seasons on the court, winning 20 games in two of those
    • Inducted into the Gannon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986
  • Moved back to Milwaukee to work in the private sector in 1966 but also spent time as a scout and television commentator
  • Served as head coach at La Salle for one year, winning the 1968 Middle Atlantic title and getting back to the NCAA Tournament
  • Left to be the head coach of the ABA’s Minnesota Pipers; served in that capacity for about half of their lone season in Minnesota (1968-69), going 20-13 overall at the helm
  • Returned to college after that season, spending four years as the head coach at Detroit Mercy
    • After going 7-18 in his first year, Harding led the Titans to 18 wins in year three – one of their best seasons ever at that time
    • Finished his tenure at UDM with an overall record of 55-45; resigned in 1973
  • From 1975-80, Harding served as the athletic director at at UW-Milwaukee

Jim Harding Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA level only