Marshall Athletics Statement on Passing of Hal Greer
An official statement from Marshall athletics
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall athletics remembers the life of Hal Greer, who passed away on Saturday. Greer was a Marshall legend, an NBA champion and a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer. During his time at Marshall, Greer solidified his place as one of the greatest representatives of the university and Marshall athletics, while also breaking boundaries.
“I’m terribly saddened by the news of Hal’s passing,” said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with him and his family back in February of 2012 when we closed the doors on the Veterans Memorial Field House. That is a memory I will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.”
Greer’s legacy includes being a Mid-American Conference MVP in 1958 and a two-time All-MAC selection, but his biggest and most significant accomplishment was becoming the first black athlete to play for Marshall and made 71 appearances in a Herd jersey. Greer was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame for his career in basketball and baseball in 1985.
“Hal was a fantastic ambassador for Marshall and a great basketball player,” Marshall men’s basketball head coach Dan D’Antoni said. “He will forever be remembered by Herd fans and will be enshrined forever with the boulevard that is named after him.”
Greer enjoyed a long career in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers that included being an NBA champion in 1967, 10-time NBA All-Star, the 76ers’ all-time leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 and was the first player to have his number (#15) retired by the 76ers organization in 1976.
We extend our deepest condolences and send our love, thoughts and prayers to the Greer family during this difficult time.