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

By Joey Knight,

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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