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| caption = Lahar at Houston, circa 1957
 
| caption = Lahar at Houston, circa 1957
| sport = [[American football|Football]]
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| sport = Football
 
| birth_date = {{Birth date|1919|7|14}}
 
| birth_date = {{Birth date|1919|7|14}}
| birth_place = [[Durant, Oklahoma]]
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| birth_place = Durant, Oklahoma
 
| death_date = {{death date and age|2003|10|20|1919|7|14}}
 
| death_date = {{death date and age|2003|10|20|1919|7|14}}
| death_place = [[Dallas, Texas]]
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| death_place = Dallas, Texas
 
| alma_mater =
 
| alma_mater =
 
| player_years1 = 1938–1940
 
| player_years1 = 1938–1940
| player_team1 = [[Oklahoma Sooners football|Oklahoma]]
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| player_team1 = Oklahoma
 
| player_years2 = 1941
 
| player_years2 = 1941
| player_team2 = [[Chicago Bears]]
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| player_team2 = Chicago Bears
 
| player_years3 = 1946–1948
 
| player_years3 = 1946–1948
| player_team3 = [[Buffalo Bills (AAFC)|Buffalo Bills]]
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| player_team3 = Buffalo Bills
| player_positions = [[Guard (American and Canadian football)|Guard]]
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| player_positions = Guard
 
| coach_years1 = 1950–1951
 
| coach_years1 = 1950–1951
| coach_team1 = [[Arkansas Razorbacks football|Arkansas]] (assistant)
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| coach_team1 = Arkansas (assistant)
 
| coach_years2 = 1952–1956
 
| coach_years2 = 1952–1956
| coach_team2 = [[Colgate Raiders football|Colgate]]
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| coach_team2 = Colgate
 
| coach_years3 = 1957–1961
 
| coach_years3 = 1957–1961
| coach_team3 = [[Houston Cougars football|Houston]]
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| coach_team3 = Houston
 
| coach_years4 = 1962–1967
 
| coach_years4 = 1962–1967
| coach_team4 = [[Colgate Raiders football|Colgate]]
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| coach_team4 = Colgate
 
| admin_years1 = 1967–1973
 
| admin_years1 = 1967–1973
 
| admin_team1 = [[Colgate Raiders|Colgate]]
 
| admin_team1 = [[Colgate Raiders|Colgate]]
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| championships = 2 [[Missouri Valley Conference|MVC]] (1957, 1959)
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| championships = 2 MVC (1957, 1959)
 
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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).
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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).
   
Lahar was born in [[Durant, Oklahoma]] and attended [[Central High School (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)|Central High School]] in [[Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|Oklahoma City]]. He later was an All-[[Big Eight Conference|Big Six Conference]] [[Guard (American football)|guard]] 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]].
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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 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]].
   
After leaving the service in 1945, Lahar played for the [[Buffalo Bills (AAFC)|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 (NCAA)|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>
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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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| name = [[Colgate Raiders football|Colgate Red Raiders]]
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| name = Colgate Red Raiders
 
| conf = NCAA University Division independent
 
| conf = NCAA University Division independent
 
| startyear = 1952
 
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| year = [[1952 college football season|1952]]
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| name = Colgate
 
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| overall = 6–3
 
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| name = Colgate
 
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| name = Colgate
 
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| name = [[Houston Cougars football|Houston Cougars]]
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| conf = [[Missouri Valley Conference]]
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| startyear = 1957
 
| startyear = 1957
 
| endyear = 1959
 
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| overall = 5–4–1
 
| overall = 5–4–1
 
| conference = 3–0
 
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| conf = NCAA University Division independent
 
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| startyear = 1960
 
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Latest revision as of 14:09, 7 February 2021

Hal Lahar
Lahar at Houston, circa 1957
Born (1919-07-14)July 14, 1919
Durant, Oklahoma
Died October 20, 2003(2003-10-20) (aged 84)
Dallas, Texas

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 in Oklahoma City. He later was an All-Big Six Conference for the Oklahoma Sooners under coach Tom Stidham.[1] Lahar was selected 79th overall in the 1941 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears,[2] where he spent the 1941 NFL season before serving with the United States Navy in the 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[3] 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, 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.[4] 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.[5]

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[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Colgate Red Raiders (NCAA University Division independent) (1952–1956)
1952 Colgate 6–3
1953 Colgate 3–4–2
1954 Colgate 5–2–2
1955 Colgate 6–3
1956 Colgate 4–5
Colgate: 24–17–4
Houston Cougars (Missouri Valley Conference) (1957–1959)
1957 Houston 5–4–1 3–0 1st
1958 Houston 5–4 2–2 3rd
1959 Houston 3–7 3–1 1st
Houston Cougars (NCAA University Division independent) (1960–1961)
1960 Houston 6–4
1961 Houston 5–4–1
Houston: 24–23–2 8–3
Colgate Raiders (NCAA University Division independent) (1962–1967)
1962 Colgate 3–5–1
1963 Colgate 3–4–1
1964 Colgate 7–2
1965 Colgate 6–3–1
1966 Colgate 8–1–1
1967 Colgate 2–8
Colgate: 29–23–4
Total: 77–63–10
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The University of Oklahoma-Sooner Sports Archived 2008-03-17 at the Wayback Machine. OU Football All Conference Honors
  2. NFL Football Database Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine. Hal Lahar
  3. The Encyclopedia of Pro Football In Western New York: 1900-1949[dead link] by Jerome Collins and PFRA Western New York Committee
  4. Colgate Raiders News Archived 2013-01-24 at Archive.is "Harold Lahar, Former Colgate Coach-Athletic Director Dies"
  5. http://www.Colgatesports.com/sports/football/2007%20Guide/2007%20FB%20Web%20Guide.pdf[dead link]

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