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Del Harris

Del Harris grew up in Plainfield, Indiana, a town situated just west of Indianapolis and about an hour north of Bloomington, the home of college basketball’s traditionbound Indiana University. At Plainfield High, Harris began a basketball journey that would add another chapter to Hoosier Hysteria. Harris has now spent parts of eight decades involved in basketball, with coaching stops at the high school, collegiate, professional, and international levels. He is an innovator and a believer, a man of faith who stayed true to basketball’s most fundamental principles while adapting the game to fit his personnel and work with the geography. That geography included Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, China, Milwaukee, and Houston, where he led the Rockets to the 1981 NBA Finals. The 1995 NBA Coach of the Year led the Rockets, Lakers, and Bucks to 11 postseason appearances, captured three conference titles at Earlham College, and won three Puerto Rico Superior League championships with Bayamon. He is a renowned clinician and lecturer and has authored several basketball articles and five basketball books.




June 18, 1937 Orleans, IN

Contributor Stats

1995 NBA Coach of the Year
2020 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award