Former Compton College coach and Los Angeles Harbor player, Jim Newman has passed away at the age of 83.
Newman, who starred at Jefferson High School and Harbor College, where he was named the state player of the year, led the Tartars to a perfect season (33-0) and the 1970 CCCAA title. He is one of just four coaches (Jerry Tarkanian, Vance Walberg, Dieter Horton) to have led teams to an undefeated season. In his five seasons at Compton College, Newman tallied a record of 140-24, and won two state championships (1970 and 1973). He also coached at Centennial High School in Compton and for four seasons led Cal State Los Angeles' program.
As an athlete, he earned MVP and All-State honors as a freshman at Harbor. His sophomore season, Newman set the Harbor single-season scoring record and led the team to a state championship, where he was named the state MVP. Newman continued to scorch the hardwood at Arizona State University, where he led the team in scoring during his junior and senior seasons.
He has been enshrined in the the CCCMBCA and the Arizona State hall of fames.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet, son Jim Jr. and daughter Alison. Funeral arrangements are pending.