published Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Irish boys’ coach Brad Harris resigns

Brad Harris has resigned after two seasons as the Notre Dame High School boys’ basketball coach.

The 25-year-old Harris plans to return home to Winston-Salem, N.C., to be closer to family. He said he plans to work toward a master’s degree.

“It was a tough decision because of the relationships I had built here and especially working with the kids,” Harris said. “That was the toughest part — leaving the kids that I’ve worked with.

“From my first year as a head coach to now, the thing that changed the most is how I approach the game. I used to concentrate on what style of play or the X’s and O’s, but now I think more about the influence I can have on young people’s lives, and that’s what made the job special.”

Harris was a three-time All-American at Tennessee Temple and Lee universities and was the player of the year in Lee’s NAIA league as a senior. He gave up a professional playing career in Europe to begin working with teenagers.

After one year as an assistant at Boyd-Buchanan, Harris took over at Notre Dame when Tommy Fox resigned just before practice got under way in September 2010. In his first season, Harris directed the Fighting Irish to a 16-13 record and the District 7-AA championship. Last season Notre Dame finished 13-16 and lost in the first round of the region tournament.

“Brad did a great job while he’s been here, and we appreciate his work,” Notre Dame athletic director Howie Sompayrac said. “He’s a talented young coach with a bright future, and we all understand him wanting to go back home and be closer to family.

“We are taking applications and hope to have a new coach in place in the next couple of weeks.”

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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