Thursday, January 28, 2010

JSU's Farrar goes into JC Hall

JSU associate athletic director for external affairs David Farrar will join an elite group of luminaries, including former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady, Saturday when he gets inducted into the Hutchinson Community College Quarterback Club's Hall of Fame.

Farrar, who coached HCC to its first national basketball championship in 1988, will become the 10th member of the elite Hall. The 1988 title was the first of two national titles for the program.

Farrar coached five seasons at Hutchinson from 1986 to 1991 and ranks fourth in career victories, going 137-33. He led it to three Jayhawk West championships and a pair of Region VI crowns, but the 1987-88 season was Farrar’s crowning achievement there.

HCC set a school-record in victories going 37-2, winning the Jayhawk West outright. The team beat Chipola (70-64), Shelby State (97-90) and Mattatuck (86-63) to earn a berth in the national title game, then defeated Kankakee 76-74 in the championship game.

He was named the 1988 NJCAA Coach of the Tournament as well as the 1988 Kodak Junior College Coach of the Year. After Hutchinson, Farrar was head coach at Middle Tennessee State and the University of Idaho.

"David has a background as an outstanding basketball coach," said JSU athletics director Oval Jaynes. "He's an outstanding person and we're blessed to have him here. He's been a great addition to our staff."

Jaynes said his first meeting with Farrar came when Farrar was an assistant coach at Mississippi State.

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