Former Cyclone Assistant Men's B-Ball Coach Hallihan dies


(Undated) Former I-S-U Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Jim Hallihan has died. Hallihan worked for legendary coach Johnny Orr for 12-years. After his coaching career, Hallihan lead the Iowa Sports Foundation in Ames and expanded the Iowa Games. Hallihan was 75.

Hallihan, a native of Decatur, Ill., was Orr's top assistant from 1982-94. During his tenure in Ames, the Cyclone men's program earned six NCAA Tournament berths, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1986.

When Orr was ill or absent, Hallihan took over coaching duties and compiled a 6-1 mark.

Prior to arriving at Iowa State, Hallihan was the head coach at East Tennessee State from 1979-82, registering a 57-53 record. He was also an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 1971-75.

Hallihan held bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami (Ohio) where he was a two-year starter on the basketball team. He was named captain in his senior season.