Mike Harris has a handful of state championship rings and a lifetime of basketball experience.
Thursday it was announced he has taken on a new challenge — for one year — as the boys’ basketball coach at Glasgow High School.
Harris said he initially said no to the idea when asked by GHS Principal Keith Hale if he would be interested.
“As two or three days passed it was on my mind. I prayed about it and got to thinking about it … I woke up … about midnight on Monday night and I went to the computer and sent him an email,” Harris said. “I had been given so much in my life from the school district, from this basketball program and it has been such a big part of my life that I felt like in my last year … I was obligated.”
Hale said having Harris coaching the team will allow the school more time to perform a search for a permanent coach for the program.
“It gives time to go statewide to find the best coach our kids deserve,” Hale said.
Harris walked through the history of the Glasgow basketball program while at the podium on the stage in the school’s auditorium. He was inspired as a third-grade student by the school’s 1968 state championship team. He said he didn’t miss a game during that season. Harris said he was a product of the program that instilled “Scottie Pride” in him. He was a member of the 1977 Fourth Region title team, the last to reach the state tournament. Harris also played four years at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.
“I want to keep that tradition and pride going and I want these kids to see that,” Harris said as his reason for accepting the position.
Harris began his teaching and coaching career at Glasgow in 1984, serving as an assistant coach for the boys’ program.
“I am retiring in June from all of my positions. This will be my 31st year,” he said.
For 22 years, Harris led the Glasgow girls golf program and in five of those years, the Lady Scotties carried home the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state championship trophy. Each of those years he was also named Kentucky girls golf coach of the year.
“I’m very proud of that. I had great kids, great parents, great assistant coaches. I’ve just had great co-workers. Not one person does that,” Harris said.
He led the girls’ basketball program for 13 seasons and had a career record of 111-220. He did coach the program to its first 15th District title in 1996 and to its first All “A” Classic Region 4 title in 1997.
Harris will continue to coach the boys’ golf team in the fall.
As for the boys’ basketball program, “Through the years, this has been one of the best basketball jobs in this area,” he said.
“I think they’ve got some good young kids coming up. (There) are some kids right now that want to improve, want to get better,” Harris said. “There’s not a lot of experience right now.”
The team lost six seniors, including starters Anthony Walker, Connor Glass, Milas Norris, and Quentel Bradley. Only James Kingery returns who saw significant time on the court last season.