Coaches Marv Harshman and Frosty Westering die

April 15, 2013
Marv Harshman
Basketball coach

Marv Harshman, 95, who coached college basketball in Washington state for 40 years and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985, died April 12 at an assisted living facility in Tacoma, Wash.

His son, Dave Harshman, confirmed the death to the Seattle Times but did not disclose the cause.

Mr. Harshman started his coaching career at his alma mater, Pacific Lutheran, where he led the then-NAIA school to a spot in the national championship game in 1959.

He later coached at Washington State University for 13 seasons before moving to Seattle for his final coaching job at the University of Washington.

Mr. Harshman won 20 or more games with the Huskies in four seasons and went to the NCAA tournament three times before retiring in in 1985. He had a record of 246-146 at Washington and won the second-most victories of any basketball coach in school history. He retired with more than 600 victories at the college level.

Mr. Harshman served on the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1975 to 1981 and was head coach of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in 1975.

Frosty Westering
Football coach

Frosty Westering, 85, who won four national titles and was among a select group of coaches to win more than 300 college football games, mostly at Pacific Lutheran University, died April 12 at a hospice in Tacoma, Wash.

The college announced his death but did not provide a cause. He died the same day as Marv Harshman, a former basketball coach at the private university in Tacoma.

In 32 seasons at the NAIA and NCAA Division III school, Mr. Westering won four titles and finished as a national runner-up four other times. He won more than 78 percent of his games at PLU, going 261-70-5. Before PLU, he coached at Parsons College in Iowa and Lea College in Minnesota.

Mr. Westering retired in 2003 with 305 total victories and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He led Pacific Lutheran to NAIA national titles in 1980, 1987 and 1993 and then, in the school’s second year after making the jump to Division III, led PLU to the 1999 national title.

He never had a losing season at PLU and was named national coach of the year three times. Mr. Westering also was a professor and an author.

Grady Hatton
Baseball player

Grady Hatton, 90, a former major league third baseman who managed the Houston Astros in the 1960s, died April 11 at his home in Warren, Tex.

Alyssa Hatton, a granddaughter, confirmed his death but did not specify the cause.

Mr. Hatton hit .254 with 91 home runs and 533 RBIs in 1,312 major league games in 12 seasons, from 1946 to 1960, with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. He had a 164-221 record as Houston’s manager from 1966-68.

The Beaumont, Tex., native starred at the University of Texas and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

— From news services