Del Harris

Chairman and Co-Manager

Key Accomplishments as Contributor

  • Winning records – H.S, College, NBA, FIBA– 53 yr. career
  • Coached on 5 National Teams in FIBA international
  • Author of 5 outstanding coaching books between 1971 and 2015
  • Basketball lectures, clinics–30 states, 14 nations, 5 continents—over 5 decades
  • Coach of Year NBA 1995—Finalist National COY in NAIA 1968

NBA Career

1975 — Current
  • 19th head coach to win 500 NBA games in 1997.
  • All Time Great Coaches Listed in NBA Register under.
  • Member of 6 Halls of Fame
  • 542 NBA victories in only 12 full seasons as a head coach; 11 made the playoffs.
  • -202 NBA playoff games on bench as head or first assistant coach
  • GM or VP Texas Legends NBA G-League 2009-current


American pioneer in international basketball (FIBA)
  • Coached with 5 different national teams—teams won 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. (Puerto Rico, Canada, USA, China, Dominican Republic)
  • Two World Championships, (Canada 1994 and USA 1998)
  • 2004 Olympics in Athens, Head Coach of National Team of China.  Finished in top 8, defeated defending World Champion, Serbia, to get into the medal round.
  • Many camps, clinics as well as the books and magazines articles that were translated into at least 5 languages—Greek, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Italian

Major Awards

  • Lifetime Ambassador Award for Milligan University 2024
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2022
  • NBA Coaches Association Chuck Daily Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 
  • Tennessee Independent College and University Association Hall of Fame 2020
  • Hall of Fame John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 
  • Lifetime Achievement, NABC, International National Ass’n of Basketball Coaches, 2017
  • Del Harris Court, Boys/Girls Club, Richmond IN, 2016
  • Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest honor for a private citizen, 2015
  • Coach John Wooden “Keys to Life” award for character, etc. 2014
  • Special Service Award, Boys and Girls Club, Richmond IN, 2014
  • Philanthropy Award, Wernle Children’s Home, Richmond, IN, 2012
  • Jerry Colangelo Award, leadership on and off the court, 2010
  • Man of Year Nominee—Milwaukee, 1988
  • Houstonian Award—Houston, 1981

Developer of Coaches

  • In only 12 full years as Head NBA coach, 8 assistants became head NBA coaches and 2 more became GMs.
  • Many of his high school/college players went on to become coaches.

College Coaching Highlights

  • National Finalist NAIA Coach of the Year, 1968 (team ranked #6 in NAIA)
  • Most wins in Earlham College history, 12 championship titles (1965-74)
  • Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, 1992 (Associate Director)
  • NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame, 1996
  • Three championships in 5 years of public school coaching.

Community Service/Philanthropic Endeavors Highlights

  • Del and Ann Harris Foundation, donated many scholarships, missions
  • Board of Trustees, Dallas Christian College
  • Board, Little Big Shot charitable organization, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Honorary Board of Coaches of Influence (COIN), Los Angeles, CA.
  • Honorary Board, Elevate Your Game, inner-city program, Dallas, TX
  • President’s Circle, Urban Alternative, Dallas/National inner-city education
  • President’s Circle, Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research
  • Charter Member, Nat. Museum of African American History and Culture, 2012
  • Founding Sponsor, Martin Luther King Memorial Project, Wash. D.C., 2008


  • On Point, Four Steps to Better Life Teams, Advantage Media, (2012)
  • Several Books and Articles on Coaching Basketball
  • Attacking the Zone Defenses, Championship Productions, (2015)
  • Winning Defense — McGraw-Hill, 1994, 1995
  • Playing the Game — young readers novel, Word Pub. Co., (1984)
  • Basketball’s Zone Offenses — Prentice Hall, (1975)
  • Multiple Defenses for Winning Basketball — Prentice-Hall, (1971)
  • Big Bang of Basketball, a history of early Indiana basketball, wrote the foreword
  • NBA Coaches Instructional Book, wrote final chapter on game-ending play (2008)
  • Many articles in coaching magazines, publications, internet (1968—current)
  • Publications have been translated into five different languages.

Other Endeavors

  • 2009-current; Vice President, Texas Legends NBA G-League
  • 2012-2018; Analyst Fox Sports Southwest, NBA pre/post game–Pelicans
  • 2010-2012 Analyst for Dallas Mavericks, Fox Deportes Spanish TV Network
  • MIT Sloan Conference on Analytics in Sports, panelist—Boston, 2010
  • SAG-AFTRA member, having done various TV and movie roles including “Space Jam,” and sitcoms such as “Diagnosis Murder,”“In the House,” etc.
  • Adjunct Professor, Dallas Christian College 2011-12.
  • Board of Trustees, Dallas Christian College, 2014-current

Assistant Coach Highlights

  • Selected best assistant in league by GM poll on three times and third twice in his last five years, including first in each of his last two years in Dallas.
  • Three coaches he worked for made Coach of the Year during his time with them.


  • Milligan College (1959), A.B. Religion, Cum Laude
  • Indiana University (1965), M.A.T., History
  • Ordained minister, Christian Church, 1958.
  • Bi-lingual, Spanish

Personal Status

  • Wife: Ann

  • Children: Larry, Alex, Stan, Carey Ann, Dominic, 15 grandkids