Jim Harrick

Jim Harrick (born July 25, 1938)

Teams coached: Pepperdine Waves, UCLA Bruins, Rhode Island Rams, Georgia Bulldogs
Pepperdine record: 167-97 (.633)
UCLA record: 182-62 (.756)
Rhode Island record: 45-22 (.672)
Georgia record: 66-52 (.559) **
Overall record^: 470-233 (.669) **

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-2021 Cal State Northridge (asst)
2006-2007 Bakersfield Jam
1999-2003 Georgia
1997-1999 Rhode Island
1988-1996 UCLA
1979-1988 Pepperdine
1977-1979 UCLA (asst)
1973-1977 Utah State (asst)

Jim Harrick Facts

  • James Richard Harrick
  • Born July 25, 1938
  • Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia
  • Alma Mater: Morris Harvey College (BA, 1960) / University of Southern California (MA, 1966)
  • Is of Lebanese descent; grew up in Charleston, WV where he attended Stonewall Jackson High School
  • Graduated in 1960 from Morris Harvey College, now known as the University of Charleston (West Va.)
  • Started coaching in 1963 as an assistant at Morningside HS in Inglewood, CA; became head coach in 1969, a position he held for four seasons
  • First college coaching jobs were as an assistant to Dutch Belnap at Utah State and to Gary Cunningham at UCLA
  • Became head coach at Pepperdine in 1979; went on to win 5 WCAC titles, go to 4 NCAA Tournaments and finish with a record of 167-97 in 9 seasons
  • Took over as UCLA head coach in 1988 to replace the fired Walt Hazzard
    • Won at least 21 games and made it to the NCAA Tournament in each of his eight seasons as the Bruins’ head coach
    • The highlight of his UCLA career was the 1994-95, as he led the Bruins to a 32-1 overall record and a win in the 1995 NCAA title game
    • His tenure would end just a year later, amidst a minor scandal around a falsified dinner receipt
  • Took the head coaching job at Rhode Island in 1997, winning 25 games and making a run to the Elite Eight with the Rams in his first season
  • Moved onto Georgia in 1999, where he would finish out his college coaching career amidst scandal once again; this time the issues revolved around his son, assistant coach Jim Jr., covering $300 in expenses for a UGA player, as well as some academic inaccuracies from a class his son taught
  • Because of a show-cause penalty from the NCAA, he was unable to get another coaching job in the college ranks for many years
  • Became head coach of the Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in 2006; resigned mid-season after starting 2-14 for personal reasons
  • Came out of retirement in 2018 to become an assistant at Cal State Northridge under Mark Gottfried, a former assistant of his own
  • Along with his late wife, Sally Lee Harrick, has three children

Jim Harrick Coaching Tree


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

** Listed accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA