Jack Hartman
Jack Hartman.jpg
Hartman from the 1976 Royal Purple
Biographical details
Born(1925-10-07)October 7, 1925
Dewey, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedNovember 6, 1998(1998-11-06) (aged 73)
New Mexico, U.S.
Playing career
1943Oklahoma State
1947–1949Oklahoma State
1950Saskatchewan Roughriders
1943–1947Oklahoma State
Position(s)Quarterback (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1954Oklahoma State (assistant)
1955–1962Coffeyville CC
1962–1970Southern Illinois
1970–1986Kansas State
Head coaching record
Overall589–279 (men's college basketball)
3–4 (women's college basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
NJCAA National Title (1962)
NIT (1967)
3 Big Eight regular season (1972, 1973, 1977)
2 Big Eight tournament (1977, 1980)
NABC Coach of the Year (1981)
2x Big Eight Coach of the Year (1975, 1977)

Jack Hartman (October 7, 1925 – November 6, 1998) was an American gridiron football player and basketball coach.

Hartman played basketball and football collegiately at Oklahoma State University with his basketball tutelage under famed coach Henry Iba. After college, he played quarterback in the CFL before becoming a basketball coach. After leading the Coffeyville (Kansas) Junior College basketball team to the NJCAA National Championship with a 32–0 season in 1962, he took his high-octane offense to Southern Illinois University, replacing the successful Harry Gallatin, who had taken the head coaching job with the St. Louis Hawks. In 1967, passing up the NCAA Division II tournament after two successive second-place finishes, Hartman's Salukis won the NIT Championship, which was much more highly regarded then than it is today. He led Southern Illinois University into Division I before taking over at Kansas State when Cotton Fitzsimmons left to coach in the NBA.[1]

Hartman spent 16 seasons as head coach at Kansas State University, where he won 294 games and finished in first or second place in the Big Eight Conference in 10 of those 16 seasons. After his retirement, he worked local television color commentary for Kansas State games, and his former player and assistant coach Lon Kruger took over as head coach at Kansas State.

Hartman is credited for introducing a unique two-tone uniform for Kansas State to wear during away games – lavender tops and purple shorts, which the Wildcats used from 1973–1982. During that stretch, KSU posted a record of 186–81 (.697), appeared in five NCAA Tournaments, and won the 1977 and 1980 Big Eight postseason tournaments. Lavender jerseys have since been associated with success at Kansas State, and the school has brought back lavender jerseys on certain occasions as a throwback uniform.[2]

In 1996, when Kansas State fired its women's coach for NCAA violations, Hartman came out of retirement to coach the team for its last seven games, winning three.[3]

Coach Hartman was inducted into the Southern Illinois University Hall of Fame in 1986, Kansas State University Hall of Fame in 1990, State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, and National Junior College Hall of Fame in 1991.

Hartman died in 1998.[4] He has a street near Bramlage Coliseum named "Jack Hartman Drive" after him. His wife, Pat, lived in Manhattan, Kansas until her death in 2020. His daughter, Jackie, also lives in Manhattan and served as the Chief of Staff for the President of Kansas State University.[5]

Lon Kruger with Hartman, 1972
Lon Kruger with Hartman, 1972

Head coaching record

Men's college basketball

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southern Illinois Salukis (NCAA College Division independent) (1962–1968)
1962–63 Southern Illinois 20–10 NCAA College Division Fourth Place
1963–64 Southern Illinois 15–10 NCAA College Division Regional Runner-up
1964–65 Southern Illinois 20–6 NCAA College Division Runner-up
1965–66 Southern Illinois 21–7 NCAA College Division Runner-up
1966–67 Southern Illinois 24–2 NIT champion
1967–68 Southern Illinois 13–11
Southern Illinois Salukis (NCAA University Division independent) (1968–1970)
1968–69 Southern Illinois 16–8 NIT First Round
1969–70 Southern Illinois 13–10
Southern Illinois: 142–64 (.689)
Kansas State Wildcats (Big Eight Conference) (1970–1986)
1970–71 Kansas State 11–15 6–8 T–5th
1971–72 Kansas State 19–9 12–2 1st NCAA University Division Elite Eight
1972–73 Kansas State 23–5 12–2 1st NCAA University Division Elite Eight
1973–74 Kansas State 19–8 11–3 2nd
1974–75 Kansas State 20–9 10–4 2nd NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1975–76 Kansas State 20–8 11–3 2nd NIT Second Round
1976–77 Kansas State 24–7* 11–3 1st NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1977–78 Kansas State 18–11 7–7 T–4th
1978–79 Kansas State 16–12 8–6 T–2nd
1979–80 Kansas State 22–9 8–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Second Round
1980–81 Kansas State 24–9 9–5 T–2nd NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1981–82 Kansas State 23–8 10–4 2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1982–83 Kansas State 12–16 4–10 6th
1983–84 Kansas State 14–15 5–9 T–6th
1984–85 Kansas State 14–14 5–9 T–5th
1985–86 Kansas State 16–14 4–10 7th
Kansas State: 295–169 (.636) 133–91 (.594)
Total: 589–279 (.679)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*1976–77 record reflects one win by forfeit over Minnesota.

Women's college basketball

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kansas State Wildcats (Big Eight Conference) (1996)
1996 Kansas State 3–4 2–2 8th
Kansas State: 3–4 (.429) 2–2 (.500)
Total: 3–4 (.429)


  1. ^ Career Bio
  2. ^ "SE: K-State MBB's Two-Tone Lavender Jerseys Rich in History, Success".
  3. ^ "Kansas State Official Athletic Site | Women's Basketball". www.kstatesports.com. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14.
  4. ^ Career Summary
  5. ^ Jackie Hartman Bio