LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Former Washington-Marion basketball coach Albert Hartwell has died at the age of 72.
Hartwell passed away Wednesday Night from natural causes and will be remembered for his championship legacy at the high school level and the colorful suits he always wore.
Hartwell retired this summer with over 750 career wins— none bigger than the 2017 Class 4A State Championship. The Charging Indians won their first state title in thirty years with the 66-58 win over Ellender.
Hartwell was also a successful girls coach, winning the 1993 LHSAA Class 4A State Title with Carroll High School in Monroe. He coached Elaine Powell, who would play for LSU and then the Detroit Shock of the WNBA.
The Charging Indians and Carroll are set to play tomorrow in Lake Charles. The schools plane to honor Hartwell at the game.