Del Harris

The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Del Harris is to receive the 2019 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award. Harris will be honored in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, during Enshrinement Weekend in September, 2019. Click here for more.


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, clinics30 states, 14 nations, 5 continents—over 5 decades
  • Coach of Year NBA 1995Finalist 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

INTERNATIONAL–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 Achievement, NABC, 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
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