Harrison returns to coach at Coppin

September 11, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Tori Harrison, one of the top women's basketball players ever to come out of Baltimore, has come home to coach Coppin State.

"I think area coaches are familiar with my name, and I think that will be valuable in recruiting," said Harrison, who was hired as the Eagles' coach Sept. 1. "There are a lot of things to attract players here, and I expect us to accomplish a lot."

Harrison was The Baltimore Sun Player of the Year in 1982-83, when she completed a career at Towson Catholic that helped turn the Owlettes' program into one of the best in the nation. She was then a three-time MVP at Louisiana Tech, helping the team to two NCAA finals. Harrison compiled 1,653 points and 912 rebounds in college.

Harrison, 26, said she hasn't played organized basketball since the 1987 national championship game, which Louisiana Tech lost to Tennessee. She got her degree in business administration that year, and spent the next year as an assistant at Wake Forest. She has also been on Division I staffs at Alabama and Clemson.

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