e new girls’ basketball coach/assistant athletic director at Barbers Hill High School.
Harris compiled an impressive 215-48 record in his seven years at Manvel High School, leading the Lady Mavericks to a 2014 state championship and recently to the regional finals this past spring.
“It’s both good and bittersweet, because Manvel High School and Alvin ISD are such great places to be at,” said Harris, who also served as an assistant softball coach at the school. “It (getting the Barbers Hill’s job) was good for two reasons. It’s a chance for me to advance professionally in administration and still coach basketball.
“It’s basically the best of both worlds.”
Barbers Hill ISD posted the news of Harris’ hiring on its twitter account on June 1. Harris is slated to start his new dual duties in August.
Harris, who was a University of Tennessee graduate and also a practice player for legendary coach Pat Summit’s Lady Vols’ squad, helped deliver the most successful chapter in Lady Mavericks’ hoop history. Harris’ teams won at least 25 games each year and also reached the 30-victory or more plateau on three occasions.
“What sticks out the most is the kids always coming in with that hoka hey mentality,” Harris said. “I also received the opportunity to work with amazing individuals on my staffs.”
With a roster featuring future Division I collegiate standouts Brianna Turner (the National Gatorade Player of the Year), Jordan Hosey and Rangie Bessard, the 38-2 Lady Mavs cruised through the regular campaign and playoffs, posting victories over La Porte (85-22), Hightower (72-51), North Shore (60-41), Cy Ranch (56-33) and Cy Woods (58-42) to advance to the State 5A Tournament in Austin.
Manvel then crushed Plano West by a 69-38 count in the state semifinals to face powerhouse Duncanville for the 5A championship (the biggest UIL classification in Texas at the time).
While the Pantherettes were riding a monster 105-game winning streak and had overcome a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Manvel 56-50 earlier in the season at the McDonald’s Texas Invitational Classic in Pasadena, the Lady Mavs turned the tables on Cathy Self-Morgan’s squad in the finals. Trailing 49-42 with a little under four minutes left in the contest, Manvel rallied with a furious 16-4 fourth quarter run to come away with a 58-53 triumph, the school’s first team state championship in any sport.
“I’m real happy for all of our girls, because they will go off to college and always be known as state champions,” Harris said following the historic victory. “There’s got to be a first time for everything.”
The Lady Mavs also went 37-4 this past season and advanced to the Region III finals for the second time in school history in March with playoff victories over Houston Northside (82-33), Friendswood (65-33), Shadow Creek (66-51) and College Station (70-57). The win against Shadow Creek was also Harris’ 500th career coaching victory.
In going to Barbers Hill, Harris will be switching from one successful girls’ basketball program to another. The Lady Eagles have advanced to the state semifinals in both 2012 and 2017, while making the regional semifinals in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
“That was certainly a consideration,” said Harris, of Barbers Hill’s winning tradition. “Manvel has a great tradition and so does Barbers Hill. There’s also a lot of love in both communities for basketball.
“I will always have a close place in my heart for Manvel and Alvin ISD. It was a great place to work.”