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Robert Harrison

Class of 2008


Robert Harrison

Robert Harrison

  • Robert Harrison

Birthdate: August 12, 1927
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana
High School: Toledo Woodward High School (1945)
College: University of Michigan (1949)
Year Inducted: 2008

Robert Harrison earned All-Ohio honors two years at Toledo Woodward High School where he was All-City three times. He captained the University of Michigan squad for two years and made All-Big Ten and All-American twice before turning pro. Harrison received an outstanding student-athlete award. He played for the Minneapolis Lakers (1949-54), St. Louis Hawks (1954-56) and Syracuse Nationals (1956-58), winning four world championships.  He was named an NBA All-Star in 1955. After his professional career, he coached basketball, soccer and tennis at Kenyon College (1958-68) and was head basketball coach at Harvard University for six years (1968-74). One of his players at Kenyon was John Rinka, a member of the inaugural Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Class in 2006. Harrison served as president of the Ivy League Basketball Coaches Association.