Former coach, educator Harry Adair dies

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 8/15/2013 12:01 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Retired educator and hall-of-fame basketball coach Harry Adair has died.

Adair, 80, had lived the last few years in Ingomar, where he was born and graduated from high school in 1951.

Adair graduated from Mississippi State University and coached basketball in Pontotoc County at Hurricane and Algoma, taking the Algoma girls team to the state tournament.

He moved to Hatley High School where he coached the girls team to a 397 and 68 record over 12 seasons, including five state championships and four Grand Slam titles.

He also coached the boys team at Hatley, leading them to 266 and 131 losses and an appearance in the state tournament in 1969.

Adair served as principal at Hatley for three years before leaving to become coach of the Northwest Mississippi Junior College Lady Rangers basketball team.

In nine seasons at Northwest, the school won four state and Region 23 championships, and went to the NJCAA National tournament four times, winning the title in 1983 on the Lady Rangers home court in Senatobia.

During his career at NWJC, the Lady Rangers compiled a 236 and 28 record.

He retired from coaching and teaching in 1987 and built a home in Ingomar.

Adair later returned to coaching at Calhoun Academy for two years, leading them to a record of 101 and 31.

He served as Union County Superintendent of Education from 1992 to 1996.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House or Ingomar Baptist Church.


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