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Jim Harley, architect of Eckerd College athletics, dies at 90

By Joey Knight,

2023-09-30
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Former Eckerd men's basketball coach Jim Harley, right, who spent 33 years as Tritons coach and 39 as the school's athletic director, passed away Wednesday at age 90. [ Times (1985) ]

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Per his pre-dawn custom, Eckerd College athletic director Tom Ryan was playing Wordle the day after Jim Harley — his former coach, boss and de facto second father — passed away.

Intuitively, he sensed the five-letter word he was trying to guess would somehow relate to Harley, the tall Georgia native with the deep South drawl and flat-top haircut who essentially built intercollegiate athletics at Eckerd.

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