Former WCU basketball coach Jim Hartbarger, a Hall of Fame member, passes away; condolences to the Hartbarger family.

By | September 21, 2023

Former Western Carolina University men’s basketball head coach and WCU Athletics Hall of Fame member Jim Hartbarger has passed away. The university and Catamount Athletics expressed their condolences to the Hartbarger family.

Former men’s basketball head coach and WCU Athletics Hall of Fame member, Jim Hartbarger, passed away on Tuesday, September 19, leaving the Western Carolina University (WCU) and Catamount Athletics communities in mourning. The news of his death was met with profound sadness, as he had made a significant impact on the basketball program and the university as a whole.

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Jim Hartbarger’s coaching career spanned several decades, during which he left an indelible mark on the WCU basketball program. He served as the head coach of the men’s basketball team, leading them to numerous victories and accomplishments. His dedication and passion for the sport were evident in his coaching style and ability to inspire his players to reach their full potential.

Hartbarger’s contributions to WCU Athletics earned him a well-deserved spot in the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame. His legacy will forever be remembered by the players he coached, the fans who cheered for him, and the university he represented with pride.

At this time, the cause of Jim Hartbarger’s death remains unknown. The suddenness of his passing has shocked and saddened the entire WCU community. As news of his death spread, condolences and messages of support poured in for the Hartbarger family.

The loss of Jim Hartbarger is deeply felt by all who knew him. His dedication to the sport of basketball and his impact on the lives of his players will be remembered for years to come. As the WCU and Catamount Athletics communities grieve this loss, they also celebrate the life and achievements of a beloved coach and friend.

The WCU Athletics Department and the university as a whole extend their heartfelt condolences to the Hartbarger family during this difficult time. The legacy of Jim Hartbarger will forever be etched in the annals of WCU Athletics, and his memory will continue to inspire future generations of athletes and coaches..

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