Former Colgate coach Lahar dies

Updated: October 21, 2003, 7:46 PM ET

DALLAS -- Harold "Hal" Lahar, twice the football coach at Colgate University after a brief career as a pro player, has died at 84.

Lahar, who died Monday, graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1941 and spent one season with the Chicago Bears as a guard before serving with the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

Lahar left the service in 1945. He played for the Buffalo Bills of the All-America Conference from 1947-49, then began his college coaching career as an assistant at the University of Arkansas in 1950.

Lahar, who also was Colgate's athletic director, became the school's head football coach in 1952 and stayed five seasons before taking the football job at the University of Houston. He posted a 24-23-2 record in five seasons there.

Colgate rehired Lahar in 1962 as both athletic director and coach, making him the first man to return to a Division I head coaching job after leaving for another school. In 11 seasons as Colgate coach, Lahar went 53-40-8.

Lahar also was assistant commissioner of the now-defunct Southwest Conference from 1973 until his retirement in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Dottie, two children, three grandchildren and a sister.

Funeral services will be held Friday at First Baptist Church of Plano, with burial at Dallas National Cemetery.

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