4 CHUCK HARMISON
A fan favourite, Chuck Harmison’s no.4 jersey hangs in the rafters alongside Hawks greats Gordie McLeod, Mat Campbell & Glen Saville.
Born in Iowa, Chuck came to the Illawarra Hawks as a naturalised Australian. With his trademark headband, Chuck quickly became a fan favourite at the Snakepit.
Chuck would become a stalwart in the Hawks lineup for years, he eventually held the all times game played record for the Hawks at 234, before being passed by Melvin Thomas at 235 in the mid 2000’s.
In 2008, Chuck Harmison’s no.4 Hawks jersey was retired alongside Gordie McLeod’s no.5 Jersey.
5 GORDIE MCLEOD
An outstanding Illawarra junior rep, McLeod became synonymous with the Hawks.
He was arguably the league’s quickest player during the first half of his career and Hawks fans rose from their seats whenever he sped up the floor leading the fast break.
McLeod led the league in assists in ’84, ’85 and ’87 and represented Australia at the Moscow Olympics.
He became the Hawks coach last season and guided the team to the grand final.
In 2008, Gordie McLeod’s no.5 Jersey was retired alongside Chuck Harmison’s no.4 jersey.
12 GLEN SAVILLE
“Sav” owns just about every Hawks record after 15 seasons with the club.
He rose all the way to the top, leading Wollongong to their one and only NBL title in ‘01, capturing Grand Final MVP honours before representing Australia at the Athens and Beijing Olympics.
From a high flying athletic slasher without a consistent jump shot early in his career, Saville developed a solid perimeter game, finishing the 2009/10 NBL season as the league’s most accurate three-point shooter.
He has never averaged more than 18 points in a season but like his idol Scottie Pippen, Sav is an excellent rebounder, defender and passer.
There’s nothing he couldn’t do on the court.
In 2009, Glen Saville’s #12 jersey was retired alongside long time team mate Mat Campbell’s #32 jersey.
Due to a serious knee injury Saville retired mid way through his final season (2012/13) as the Hawks All Time Leader in Games Played with 527.
32 MAT CAMPBELL
A relative unknown when he joined the Hawks as a 19-year-old from Bendigo, Campbell become the face of the club.
He has earned a reputation as a dangerous three-point shooter and averaged almost 14 points per game for his career. He was the club’s first player to reach 500 career games.
A proud leader, and long time Hawks captain who provided a steadying influence for younger team-mates on and off the court.
Campbell was an uncompromising defender and had missed just three games in his career before an Achilles injury forced him out for almost a third of the 2007-08 campaign.
In 2009, Mat Campbell’s no.32 jersey was retired alongside long time team mate Glen Saville’s no.12.
33 MELVIN THOMAS
A smooth, multi-skilled southpaw, Thomas arrived at the Snakepit amid little hype at the start of the 1992 season. By the time he was done, his night-in, night-out production ensured him a place in the club’s record books.
Thomas wound up his initial four-year stint with the Hawks with averages of 25.5 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Thomas’ feats earned him a spot on the All-NBL first team in his second year and won him player-of-the-week honours five times.
After stints with Sydney and Canberra, he returned to the Hawks for another four season, and was an integral member of the club’s 2001 title-winning team.