BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

JAMES HOWELL HART


Born and raised in the Reagan area of Henderson County; attended Reagan Elem. Sch.(RES), Scotts Hill High School (SHHS}, UT-Martin (UTM) receiving BS Degree in 1961 & Murray State Univ. (MSU) where he received his Masters Degree in 1970; at RES, played basketball on an outdoor court with the goals mounted on cedar posts; at SHHS, was an outstanding basketball player & all-time great where he was coached his last three years by TN Hall of Fame Coach Mack Chandler & graduating in 1956; he set basketball records that still stand today; he scored 929 points his junior year that set a TN State scoring record for guards; his point total was second to Bailey Howell at Middleton who scored 1,053; he averaged 26.8 points per game; in his senior year, he averaged 22.3 points per game; he holds the following basket-ball records at SHHS: most points scored in season 929, most FGs made in a game 19, most FGs made in a season 364, most free throws at-tempted in a game 34, most free throws attempted in a season 336, most free throws made in a season 205, highest season average points per game 26.8, career most points scored 1,733, most teams wins in a season 28; continued his basketball career at UTM playing 4 years of basketball and 2 years of baseball & graduating in 1961; recruited by Memphis State & Ole Miss to play basketball, but elected to attend UTM & play under UTM Hall of Fame Coach Floyd Burnette; playing both forward and guard, he was a four year starter and the team's second best rebounder his final three years posting a 11 point career scoring average; in his final season, he shot 53.3% in field goal percentage & 73.4% in free throw percentage; coached junior high basketball & football from 1961 to 1966 at East Prairie, MO; later, he moved 10 miles over to Matthews High School (MHS) where he coached four seasons of bas-ketball (1966-1970) where his teams posted a 112-17 record, the 1968 team going 34-1 & won the MO State Championship and in 1967, the team went 30-2; he coached MHS basketball while working on and receiving his Masters Degree at MSU; accepted in 1970 the position of men's basketball coach at Jackson State Community College (JSCC) in Jackson, TN coached the team 14 years; the team had an overall record of 162-147, went 21-7 in 1974 & played in the Quarter Finals of the Nationals; named South East Missouri Coach of the Year in 1968 while at MHS; at JSCC, voted T.J.C.A.A. Coach of the Year in 1974, 1976 & 1982; inducted in the UTM Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
Information from The Lexington Progress 14 Mar 2012

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