Garrett received statewide
recognition as a member of the 1961
Centralia High School basketball team that
finished 29-2 and was ranked second in
state. He was named to the Chicago
American 27 man
list as “Best In State” and received
Special Mention honors from the Champaign
school, he went to McKendree College (now
McKendree University) where he was an
outstanding starting guard all four years.
He held the single game scoring record of 43
points, and was ranked in the top ten NAIA
free-throw shooters for two seasons.
He is a member of the McKendree University
Hall of Fame. His McKendree teams were
coached by former Centralian James
"Barney" Oldfield and Lou Vesley.
graduating from McKendree Garrett coached
the 1967 and 1968 seasons at Patoka High School (36-15),
before taking a graduate assistant position
at SIU-C under Jack Hartman.
Following a year at North Texas State
University, he rejoined Hartman at Kansas
State University as a head assistant
responsible for recruiting players for the
Wildcat teams that went to Big Eight title
games and national rankings.
Garrett was tragically killed
at age 32 in an
automobile accident while on a recruiting
assignment in 1975.
In 1994 was
inducted into the IBCA hall of fame as a