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Frank Alan "Coach" Hamblen II


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Frank Alan "Coach" Hamblen II Obituary
April 16, 1947 - September 30, 2017 DEL MAR, CA - Frank Alan Hamblen II, 70, of San Diego, CA, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at his home in Del Mar, CA. He was born April 16, 1947, in Terre Haute, IN, to Frank Alan Hamblen I and Doris Scott Hamblen. Survivors include his sister and #1 fan, Susan Hamblen Mardis (Mike) of Terre Haute, IN, two nephews: Matthew Mardis (Jessica) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Andrew Mardis (Kristin) of Playa Del Rey, CA, and his beloved Aunt Jerry Stultz, who resides in Indianapolis, IN. Survivors also include a great-nephew, three great-nieces, several cousins, and his cherished companion Jane Ottenstein, whom he lovingly referred to as "my Janie." Hamblen graduated from Garfield High School in 1965. As a Sophomore, he played on the 1963 IHSAA State Finals team that was defeated by South Bend Central. He finished as the Purple Eagles' #3 scorer behind 3-time All-American Terry Dischinger and Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette. Hamblen was recognized among the top 12 high school basketball players in Indiana by being inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 1990 he was honored as a member of the Silver Anniversary Team in Indiana. Hamblen graduated from Syracuse University in 1969. On the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team, Hamblen earned three letters and was team captain as a senior. Frank Hamblen played forward and guard for Syracuse during the late '60s and was captain of the 1969 team. He also played baseball while at Syracuse. His basketball trademark was a jump shot where he barely left the floor, and he was an outstanding free throw shooter. A strong student of the game, Hamblen began immediately working for the NBA as a scout after graduation in 1969 for the San Diego/Houston Rockets. This started a 42-year career with the NBA and ABA, where he was a successful assistant coach for the Denver Rockets (1972-77), Kansas City Kings (1978-1987), Milwaukee Bucks (1988-1996), Chicago Bulls (1996-1998), and Los Angeles Lakers (1999-2011). He won seven NBA championships as an assistant coach with the Bulls (1997, 1998) and the Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010). Hamblen also coached in 3 NBA and ABA All-Star games (1976, 2000, 2009). Hamblen was honored as a Syracuse Letter Winner of Distinction in 2011. Frank leaves behind many treasured friends from all walks of life and from all over the globe. Even though Frank's life was cut short, his life was extremely full and blessed. His life will be celebrated on Saturday, October 14th in Los Angeles at NewLifeLA, 2600 S. La Brea Ave. at 2 o'clock in the afternoon with services conducted by Pastor Keith "PK" Jenkins. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to LoveLA (www.LoveLA.us), The Boys and Girls Club of Terre Haute (924 North 13th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47804), and the San Diego Fisher House for Veterans (www.sandiegofisherhouse.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 12, 2017
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