Her ‘Red Raider pride’ runs deep; UNCW head women’s hoops coach named to H.S. hall of fame

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UNCW women’s basketball coach Adell Harris has been selected as a member of the T.W. Andrews High School Hall of Fame and will be honored in a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 15.

The T.W. Andrews High School Hall of Fame Class of 2015, which will be the second in the school’s history, will feature 13 inductees, including five multi-sport athletes and three coaches.

Adell Harris begins her fourth year as Head Coach of the Seahawks. Photo courtesy- UNCW Sports
Adell Harris begins her fourth year as Head Coach of the Seahawks. Photo courtesy- UNCW Sports

“To say I am happy would be an understatement,” Harris said. “This is by far my proudest athletic achievement. I grew up five minutes from T.W. Andrews, where you could hear football coaches blowing whistles and the marching band from the driveway.

“Everyone in my family attended Andrews, so my Red Raider pride runs deep. For me, being a Red Raider was a privilege and something I wore like a badge of honor. I admired all of the athletes that came before me.”

A four-time all-conference and two-time conference player of the year selection for the Red Raiders, Harris finished her scholastic career with 1,746 points and earned all-state honors in 1998. She was selected as the 1997-98 Guilford County Player of the Year and earned All-Guilford County recognition three times.

Harris was named the MVP of the 1998 North Carolina East-West All-Star Game after helping the West squad to a 63-55 victory. In her senior season, she averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.

After graduating from T.W. Andrews in 1998, Harris went on to play college basketball at Wake Forest University and finished her career ranked 10th on the Demon Deacons’ all-time assist list. She graduated from Wake Forest in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology before returning to T.W. Andrews to begin her coaching career as an assistant coach.

Following one year with the Red Raiders, Harris was an assistant and associate head coach at UNC Asheville for six years before being named as the head coach at Tusculum College.

In three seasons with the Pioneers, she guided the NCAA Division II program to a 61-30 record with back-to-back South Atlantic Conference Tournament championships and three berths in the NCAA Tournament.

Named as the 10th head coach in UNCW women’s basketball history on May 3, 2012, Harris will enter her fourth season at the helm for the Seahawks this year.

“When I started my high school career in 1994, being an athlete at T.W. Andrews was not only a privilege, but a responsibility,” Harris said. “I didn’t compete to be average. I was competing to add to the legacy of our athletic programs. This is something I have attempted to emulate as a player at Wake Forest, as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville, as a head coach at Tusculum College and now as the leader of our Seahawk program.”