Athlete. Omaha Tech Class of 1963. A four-year starter in basketball, he averaged 30 points per game his senior year and led Tech to the state championship in 1963 (a team considered one of the best in history), to a state runner-up in 1962. Scored 1,588 points in his career, at the time easily the most by a Class A player. Two-time all-state. Made all-state tournament teams.
After being named the 1963 Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year, he signed with the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers to continue his career. His storied relationship with head coach Joe Cipriano would keep Hare at the center of attention while with the Huskers. Hare eventually would leave school early -- but not before defeating a #1 ranked Michigan Wolverines team, led by Cazzie Russell, with a buzzer-beating, over the head, backwards shot.
After leaving NU, Hare was literally a basketball 'globetrotter,' playing as an amateur and professionally around the United States, Canada, and Mexico... with teams such as the Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers, Harlem Clowns, Harlem Globetrotters, Pueblo Angels, and many more.
Fred Hare, with Coach Neal Mosser