Sam Harris, the dean of coaches in the TranSouth Conference, begins his 15th season at the helm of the Trevecca program. Harris has led the program to three NAIA National Tournament appearances and a pair of TranSouth Championships. Four of his players have been selected as NAIA All-Americans, four have been named honorable-mention all-American, two have been elected to the TNU Athletic Hall of Fame, two have been named TranSouth Player of the Year, and many more have been selected all-conference. Harris has led two teams to the NAIA Sweet 16.
Harris, Treveccas eighth mens basketball coach, has seven consecutive winning seasons, with a 27-13 record in TranSouth Conference play and an overall record of 68-29 for the last three years. He is nearing the 400th career win milestone with 224 of those wins coming at Trevecca.
Harris, in his 25th season as a head coach on the collegiate level, has rebuilt three programs in his career. He has led all three schools to the conference title and post- season play after taking over a program that was below .500 the year before he was named head coach.
A 1978 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, Harris starred alongside his brother Steve Harris, while playing for former Trevecca coach Frank Wilson at Olivet. After graduation Harris was an assistant coach at Judson College in Elgin, Ill. He inherited a program that was 15-110 during the previous six years and by the third year led the team to a 18-10 record. In his fourth year, Judson produced a district championship and a berth in the NCCAA National Tournament and a 24-7 finish.
In 1984 Harris moved to NCAA Division-1 Central Florida as an assistant coach and then moved to Valparaiso University as an assistant before taking the head coach position at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., in 1988. Harris took a 6-82 program and won the conference championship in his third season with a 15-10 record. For his efforts he was named the MAC Conference Coach of the Year.
Sam and his wife, Donna, have two sons, Tyson and Christopher, and live in Brentwood.
|Sam Harris Notes|
224 wins in 14 seasons
TranSouth Coach of the Year: 2005
NAIA Tournament: 2001, 2005, 2006
NAIA Sweet Sixteen: 2005, 2006
TranSouth Championships: 2005, 2006
20-win seasons: 3 (2001, 2005, 2006)
Consecutive winning seasons: 7
Last three years overall: 68-29
Last three years in TranSouth: 27-13
Last seven years overall: 137-82
Overall TNU Record: 224-222
Overall TNU Conference Record: 88-114
All-American Honorable Mention: 5
TranSouth Player of the Year: 2
All-Conference Team: 22
All-TranSouth Freshman Team: 6
TranSouth Freshman of the Year: 1
NAIA Scholar-Athlete: 2
TranSouth Scholar-Athlete: 6
Players in Trevecca Hall of Fame: 2
Years as Head Coach: 24
Head Coach Trevecca
Head Coach Messiah College
Head Coach Judson College
Assistant Coach Valparaiso University
Assistant Coach Central Florida
Career Record: 385-391
Judson College Notes
District Championship: 1983
NCCAA National Tournament: 1983
Messiah College Notes
MAC Conference Champion: 1992
MAC Coach of the Year: 1992