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.
OC 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.
"With her playing credentials and coaching experience in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Tori will add a lot of credibility to our program," said Dr. Clayton McNeill, Coppin State's interim athletic director.
Harrison replaces Doug Robertson, whose contract was not renewed.
His five-year record was 56-80, but the Eagles won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament in 1991. A 19-8 record that year was the only winning record in the program's seven-year history.
Harrison has yet to hire an assistant, replacement, but she has met with 12 players who are back from last year's team, which went 11-18.