On September 1, 2019, Del Harris assumed leadership of the Team Richmond AAU Basketball organization as the Director. Harris is a well-respected leader in the Richmond basketball community as a coach, administrator, and mentor.
Del Harris has a long and extensive background in AAU at every level. He began his AAU career early as a player and was selected nationally in 1992 as an AAU All-American. He later played in the 17-U National Championship game and went on to become an assistant coach and ultimately the head coach of Team Richmond’s 17-Elite team for a total of 6 years. He has coached and aided in developing more than sixty players who continued their basketball careers at the college and professional levels.
“I want to thank Arnold for his 11 years of dedicated service to this AAU organization,” said Harris. "I’m honored to follow in his footsteps joining other successful leaders such as Dallas Simmons, Carl Liebert, John Davis, and Kevin Eastman. Team Richmond Garner Road was established in 2001 and I look forward to advancing our legacy of service to young men in the greater Richmond area and becoming the model AAU program on and off the court nationally.”
Separate from Team Richmond Garner Road, Harris is employed as a full-time faculty member and Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach and Program Leader at the Collegiate School. He operates the Del Harris Basketball Academy and a mentoring program with Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Harris completed his third season at Collegiate School where he has compiled a 54-27 (.667) overall record. In his first two seasons, Harris led the Cougars to consecutive conference finals appearances.
This past season, for the first time in 20 years, Collegiate won the regular season co-conference championship and the Richmond Times-Dispatch Basketball Tournament. In his short time there, he has coached eight all-conference players including an ESPN Top 100 Player and the 2018-19 co-conference player of the year. He was also honored as the ESPN AM Radio 950 Richmond Coach of the Month in February 2019.
For the past three years, Harris has also been involved with several USA Basketball Youth Development initiatives, including regional camps, coaching academies and bringing the inaugural Gold Camp to Richmond, VA. This spring, he served as a U - 16 National Team Training Camp Court Coach for USA Basketball working with some of the top high school players in the country on the way to winning a gold medal.
Prior to his position at Collegiate, Harris was an administrative assistant/coach at the University of Richmond (2004-05), an assistant coach at Virginia Military Institute (2005-2006) and Morgan State University (2006-2007), and the men’s head basketball coach and assistant director of athletics at Vassar College (2008-2013).
Congratulations to Team Richmond Director Del Harris, who was named one of the 100 Regional Winners of the AAU’s Positive Coaches Alliance Double-Goal Coach® Award presented by TeamSnap. Coach Harris' work as a leader, coach, mentor and community outreach advocate was recognized by the Positive Coaches Alliance. During the evaluation process, more than 600 nominations were submitted across the country.
Among his many endeavors, Harris is also the Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach/Program Leader and teacher at Collegiate School, serves as the Director of Team Richmond Basketball, Board Member of the "804 Coaches for Change", works with USA Basketball Youth Development, and operates the Del Harris Basketball & Mentoring program.
"The game of basketball has given me the platform to influence young people in a positive way and uplift others. I am humbled and honored to have been considered for this acknowledgement."
Team Richmond thanks Coach Harris for his selfless work to uplift the community and commitment to make youth basketball better. We’re especially grateful for his leadership in making our program one of the best in the region.
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