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| alma_mater =
 
| alma_mater =
 
| player_years1 = 1938–1940
 
| player_years1 = 1938–1940
| player_team1 = Oklahoma
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| player_team1 = [[Oklahoma Sooners football|Oklahoma]]
 
| player_years2 = 1941
 
| player_years2 = 1941
 
| player_team2 = Chicago Bears
 
| player_team2 = Chicago Bears
 
| player_years3 = 1946–1948
 
| player_years3 = 1946–1948
 
| player_team3 = Buffalo Bills
 
| player_team3 = Buffalo Bills
| player_positions = Guard
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| player_positions = [[Guard (American and Canadian football)|Guard]]
 
| coach_years1 = 1950–1951
 
| coach_years1 = 1950–1951
 
| coach_team1 = Arkansas (assistant)
 
| coach_team1 = Arkansas (assistant)
 
| coach_years2 = 1952–1956
 
| coach_years2 = 1952–1956
| coach_team2 = Colgate
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| coach_team2 = [[Colgate Raiders football|Colgate]]
 
| coach_years3 = 1957–1961
 
| coach_years3 = 1957–1961
 
| coach_team3 = Houston
 
| coach_team3 = Houston
 
| coach_years4 = 1962–1967
 
| coach_years4 = 1962–1967
| coach_team4 = Colgate
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| coach_team4 = [[Colgate Raiders football|Colgate]]
 
| admin_years1 = 1967–1973
 
| admin_years1 = 1967–1973
 
| admin_team1 = [[Colgate Raiders|Colgate]]
 
| admin_team1 = [[Colgate Raiders|Colgate]]
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'''Harold W. "Hal" Lahar''' (July 14, 1919 – October 20, 2003) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Colgate University (1952 to 1956 and 1962 to 1967) and the University of Houston (1957 to 1961).
 
'''Harold W. "Hal" Lahar''' (July 14, 1919 – October 20, 2003) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Colgate University (1952 to 1956 and 1962 to 1967) and the University of Houston (1957 to 1961).
   
Lahar was born in Durant, Oklahoma and attended [[Central High School (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)|Central High School]] in Oklahoma City. He later was an All-Big Six Conference for the Oklahoma Sooners under coach [[Tom Stidham]].<ref>[http://soonersports.com/bobstoops/pages/Tradition/all_conference.html The University of Oklahoma-Sooner Sports] {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080317123614/http://soonersports.com/bobstoops/pages/Tradition/all_conference.html |date=2008-03-17}} OU Football All Conference Honors</ref> Lahar was selected 79th overall in the 1941 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears,<ref>[http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=LAHARHAL01 NFL Football Database] {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100218043245/http://databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=LAHARHAL01 |date=2010-02-18}} Hal Lahar</ref> where he spent the 1941 NFL season before serving with the [[United States Navy]] in the [[Pacific Ocean theater of World War II|South Pacific]] during [[World War II]].
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Lahar was born in Durant, Oklahoma and attended [[Central High School (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)|Central High School]] in Oklahoma City. He later was an All-[[Big Eight Conference|Big Six Conference]] for the [[Oklahoma Sooners football|Oklahoma Sooners]] under coach [[Tom Stidham]].<ref>[http://soonersports.com/bobstoops/pages/Tradition/all_conference.html The University of Oklahoma-Sooner Sports] {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080317123614/http://soonersports.com/bobstoops/pages/Tradition/all_conference.html |date=2008-03-17}} OU Football All Conference Honors</ref> Lahar was selected 79th overall in the 1941 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears,<ref>[http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=LAHARHAL01 NFL Football Database] {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100218043245/http://databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=LAHARHAL01 |date=2010-02-18}} Hal Lahar</ref> where he spent the 1941 NFL season before serving with the [[United States Navy]] in the [[Pacific Ocean theater of World War II|South Pacific]] during [[World War II]].
   
 
After leaving the service in 1945, Lahar played for the Buffalo Bills of the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1948<ref>[http://www.wnypfra.org/pdf/1946%20AAFC%20Game%20Summary.pdf The Encyclopedia of Pro Football In Western New York: 1900-1949]{{dead link|date=October 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes}} by Jerome Collins and PFRA Western New York Committee</ref> before beginning his college coaching career as an assistant under [[Otis Douglas]] at the University of Arkansas in 1950. In 1952, he became the 25th head coach at Colgate University in [[Hamilton (village), New York|Hamilton, New York]]. In 1957, he succeeded [[Bill Meek]] at the University of Houston, where he spent five years, before returning to Colgate in 1962, making him the first man to return to a Division I head-coaching job after leaving for another school.<ref>[http://www.gocolgateraiders.com/news/football/2003/10/21/news_1751.asp?path=football Colgate Raiders News] {{webarchive|url=https://archive.is/20130124145541/http://www.gocolgateraiders.com/news/football/2003/10/21/news_1751.asp?path=football |date=2013-01-24}} "Harold Lahar, Former Colgate Coach-Athletic Director Dies"</ref> Following the 1967 season, Lahar retired from coaching and served as athletic director at Colgate. His overall coaching record at Colgate was 53 wins, 40 losses, and 8 ties. This ranks him fourth at Colgate in terms of total wins and 18th at Colgate in terms of winning percentage.<ref>http://www.Colgatesports.com/sports/football/2007%20Guide/2007%20FB%20Web%20Guide.pdf{{dead link|date=June 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes}}</ref>
 
After leaving the service in 1945, Lahar played for the Buffalo Bills of the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1948<ref>[http://www.wnypfra.org/pdf/1946%20AAFC%20Game%20Summary.pdf The Encyclopedia of Pro Football In Western New York: 1900-1949]{{dead link|date=October 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes}} by Jerome Collins and PFRA Western New York Committee</ref> before beginning his college coaching career as an assistant under [[Otis Douglas]] at the University of Arkansas in 1950. In 1952, he became the 25th head coach at Colgate University in [[Hamilton (village), New York|Hamilton, New York]]. In 1957, he succeeded [[Bill Meek]] at the University of Houston, where he spent five years, before returning to Colgate in 1962, making him the first man to return to a Division I head-coaching job after leaving for another school.<ref>[http://www.gocolgateraiders.com/news/football/2003/10/21/news_1751.asp?path=football Colgate Raiders News] {{webarchive|url=https://archive.is/20130124145541/http://www.gocolgateraiders.com/news/football/2003/10/21/news_1751.asp?path=football |date=2013-01-24}} "Harold Lahar, Former Colgate Coach-Athletic Director Dies"</ref> Following the 1967 season, Lahar retired from coaching and served as athletic director at Colgate. His overall coaching record at Colgate was 53 wins, 40 losses, and 8 ties. This ranks him fourth at Colgate in terms of total wins and 18th at Colgate in terms of winning percentage.<ref>http://www.Colgatesports.com/sports/football/2007%20Guide/2007%20FB%20Web%20Guide.pdf{{dead link|date=June 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes}}</ref>
   
Lahar was also assistant commissioner of the Southwest Conference. He worked at the now-defunct SWC from 1973 until his retirement in 1983. Upon his death in 2003, Lahar was buried in the [[Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery]].
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Lahar was also assistant commissioner of the [[Southwest Conference]]. He worked at the now-defunct SWC from 1973 until his retirement in 1983. Upon his death in 2003, Lahar was buried in the [[Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery]].
   
 
==Head coaching record==
 
==Head coaching record==
 
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{{CFB Yearly Record Subhead
 
{{CFB Yearly Record Subhead
| name = Colgate Red Raiders
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| name = [[Colgate Raiders football|Colgate Red Raiders]]
 
| conf = NCAA University Division independent
 
| conf = NCAA University Division independent
 
| startyear = 1952
 
| startyear = 1952
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{{CFB Yearly Record Subhead
 
{{CFB Yearly Record Subhead
| name = Colgate Raiders
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| name = [[Colgate Raiders football|Colgate Raiders]]
 
| conf = NCAA University Division independent
 
| conf = NCAA University Division independent
 
| startyear = 1962
 
| startyear = 1962

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