Marv Harshman, a 1935 graduate of Lake Stevens High School, was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track, and even had the lead in the school play. This multi talented young man was one of forty-two graduates from LSHS that spring who then headed off to make his way in the world. Following high school, he worked for the CCC as a laborer, and in a lumber mill. Deciding this kind of labor was not going to be his long-term goal, he went off to college, to become a teacher and coach. Marv coached basketball for forty years at the collegiate level. His 654 career victories rank him as one of the top college basketball coaches of all time. When he retired in 1985 as the basketball coach at the University of Washington, he was the second-winningest coach in school history.
Marv earned numerous coaching honors during his illustrious career at PLU, WSU, and the UW, including Pac 10 Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1984, NCAA Coach of the Year 1984, Seattle Man of the Year in Sports 1975, and Herald Man of the Year in Sports 1984. He coached the United States to a Gold medal in the Pan American Games in 1975 and took his Huskies to five appearances in the NCAA basketball tournament.
He has been enshrined in the PLU, WSU, UW and State of Washington Sports Halls of Fame as well as the NAIA Sports Hall of Fame, the National Basketball Hall of Fame, and now finally in the Lake Stevens High School Hall of Fame for his lifetime of achievements.
His legacy is respect, admiration, and a love of teaching the game of basketball, so this former Viking will always be known as the “Professor of Basketball.”