Marquette Associate AD Jack Harbaugh To Be Inducted Into Kentucky Athletic Hall Of Fame

Sept. 2, 2003

MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University Associate Athletics Director Jack Harbaugh will be one of eight people inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. This year's ceremony takes place on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville.

Harbaugh, a 41-year veteran of the football coaching ranks - 36 of those at the collegiate level - spent 14 years as the head coach at Western Kentucky (1989-2002) where he compiled a 91-68 record, making him the second-winningest coach in school history. His most memorable campaign came in 2002 when he guided the Hilltoppers to the NCAA I-AA national championship. WKU won its last 10 games during the 2002 season, the longest streak in a single season streak during the 84-year history of the program. Western finished the year with a 12-3 won-lost record, giving Harbaugh 31 victories his last three years, another school record. He was recognized for his efforts and was tabbed as the NCAA I-AA Coach of the Year as selected by the American Football Coaches Association. All totaled, he guided Western Kentucky to four appearances in the NCAA I-AA playoffs. He was named the I-AA Independents Coach of the Year in 1997 and the Region III top coach in 1997 and 2000. His 19-year career record as a head coach was 116-95-3.

Joining Harbaugh as the other inductees are former National Football League players Will Wolford and Dermontti Dawson; Roy Bowling, considered the dean of Kentucky high school girl's basketball; Anne Combs, a five-time Kentucky Women's State Amateur golf champion; Kenny Davis, a former basketball star at Georgetown College and member of the 1972 USA Olympic Team; Johnny Meihaus, a former Kentucky football player who enjoyed great success as a high school coach, and WHAS radio personality Van Vance.

For more information regarding the event, please call (502) 637-7696. Proceeds benefit Kosair Charities in its role of helping children throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana whose families cannot afford needed health care.


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