Hal Lahar

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Hal Lahar
Hal Lahar in 1957.jpg
Lahar at Houston, circa 1957
Biographical details
Born(1919-07-14)July 14, 1919
Durant, Oklahoma
DiedOctober 20, 2003(2003-10-20) (aged 84)
Dallas, Texas
Playing career
1938–1940 Oklahoma
1941 Chicago Bears
1946–1948 Buffalo Bills
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1951 Arkansas (assistant)
1952–1956 Colgate
1957–1961 Houston
1962–1967 Colgate
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1967–1973 Colgate
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
2 MVC (1957, 1959)

Harold Wade 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).

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Colgate University private liberal arts college

Colgate University is a private liberal arts college in Hamilton, New York. Founded in 1817, Colgate enrolls nearly 3,000 students in 56 undergraduate majors that culminate in a Bachelor of Arts degree; it also enrolls a dozen students in a Master of Arts in Teaching program.

University of Houston state research university in Houston, Texas, United States

The University of Houston (UH) is a state research university and the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. Founded in 1927, UH is the third-largest university in Texas with nearly 44,000 students. Its campus spans 667 acres in southeast Houston, and was known as University of Houston–University Park from 1983 to 1991. The Carnegie Foundation classifies UH as a doctoral degree-granting institution with "highest research activity." The U.S. News & World Report ranks the university No. 171 in its National University Rankings, and No. 91 among top public universities.


Lahar was born in Durant, Oklahoma and attended Central High School in Oklahoma City. He later was an All-Big Six Conference guard 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.

Durant, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Durant is a city in Bryan County, Oklahoma, United States and serves as the headquarters of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The population was 15,856 at the 2010 census. Durant is the principal city of the Durant Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 42,416 in 2010. Durant ranks as the second largest city within the Choctaw Nation, following McAlester, and ahead of Poteau. Durant is also part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Combined Statistical Area, anchoring the northern edge.

Big Eight Conference Former U.S. college athletics conference

The Big Eight Conference was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-affiliated Division I-A college athletic association that sponsored football. It was formed in January 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA) by its charter member schools: the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, the University of Iowa was an original member of the MVIAA, while maintaining joint membership in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma Sooners football football team of the University of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Sooners football program is a college football team that represents the University of Oklahoma. The team is a member of the Big 12 Conference, which is in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The program began in 1895 and is one of the most successful programs since World War II with the most wins (606) and the highest winning percentage (.762) since 1945. The program has 7 national championships, 48 conference championships, 162 First Team All-Americans, and seven Heisman Trophy winners. In addition, the school has had 23 members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and holds the record for the longest winning streak in Division I history with 47 straight victories. Oklahoma is also the only program that has had four coaches with 100+ wins. They became the sixth NCAA FBS team to win 850 games when they defeated the Kansas Jayhawks on November 22, 2014. The Sooners play their home games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Lincoln Riley is currently the team's head coach.

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 53–40–8.

The Buffalo Bills were an American football team, based in Buffalo, New York, that played in the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949. During its first season in 1946, the team was known as the Buffalo Bisons. Unlike the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Colts, the franchise was not one of the three AAFC teams that merged with the National Football League prior to the 1950 season.

All-America Football Conference a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946–1949

The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. One of the NFL's most formidable challengers, the AAFC attracted many of the nation's best players, and introduced many lasting innovations to the game. However, the AAFC was ultimately unable to sustain itself in competition with the NFL. After its folding, three of its teams were admitted to the NFL: the San Francisco 49ers, the Cleveland Browns and the original Baltimore Colts.

Otis Douglas American football player and coach, Canadian football coach

Otis Whitfield Douglas Jr. was an American gridiron football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Akron (1941–1942), Drexel University (1949), and the University of Arkansas (1950–1952), compiling a career college football coaching record of 17–34–4. He also coached the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1955 to 1960.

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.

Southwest Conference

The Southwest Conference (SWC) was an NCAA Division I college athletic conference in the United States that existed from 1914 to 1996. Composed primarily of schools from Texas, at various times the conference included schools from Oklahoma and Arkansas as well.

Head coaching record

Colgate Red Raiders (NCAA University Division independent)(1952–1956)
1952 Colgate6–3
1953 Colgate3–4–2
1954 Colgate5–2–2
1955 Colgate6–3
1956 Colgate4–5
Houston Cougars (Missouri Valley Conference)(1957–1959)
1957 Houston 5–4–13–01st
1958 Houston5–42–23rd
1959 Houston3–73–11st
Houston Cougars (NCAA University Division independent)(1960–1961)
1960 Houston6–4
1961 Houston5–4–1
Colgate Red Raiders (NCAA University Division independent)(1962–1967)
1962 Colgate3–5–1
1963 Colgate3–4–1
1964 Colgate7–2
1965 Colgate6–3–1
1966 Colgate8–1–1
1967 Colgate2–8
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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  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 [ permanent dead link ] by Jerome Collins and PFRA Western New York Committee
  4. Colgate Raiders News Archived 2013-01-24 at Archive.today "Harold Lahar, Former Colgate Coach-Athletic Director Dies"