During Friday's nights basketball games in Maud, a ceremony was held to honor former Maud Coach Ed Harmon by naming the gymnasium after him.
During his 20 years of coaching boys and girls basketball in Oklahoma high schools, Ed Harman had a combined record of 708 ins, both boys and girls. Coach Harman had teams make the “Big House” State Tournament nine times.
He married his wife Mary on Jan. 6, 1968 and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
In addition to his coaching time as Maud, Harman coached at Loco, Wanette, Graham, Calvin, Allen (where he won a state title in 1983), Moss, Velma and Fox, taking four of these schools to State Tournaments. In 1997, he took both Velma Boys and Girls to State as well as Velma Fast Pitch to State.
Harmon was at Maud from 1986 to 1994. From 1986 to 1989, the Tigers made two impressive state tournament appearances and were invited to play Tournament of the Year champions in Tulsa. They also were invited to play BCI Tournament in Arizona, where they faced Shaquille O'Neal, who later went on to win NBA titles. Jeff Webster and Shawn Bradley (Washington Wizards) played in this tournament as well.
Other accolades for Harman:
• 18 Area Coach of the Year honors
• 1983 Small School Coach of the Year
• Inducted into the Girls Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
He also coached other sports during his career, including, volleyball and fast-pitch softball, making state semi-finals in both.