Q&A with Coach Harris ‘91: On His New Role as Head Football Coach at Carroll

Q: Why did you want to become the head coach at Carroll?

A: I’ve wanted to be the head football coach at Carroll since the first day I started coaching this great sport. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to restore a program with such a rich tradition and to add on to its legacy and history.

Q: What does it mean for you to be back at your alma mater coaching?

A: I’m very humbled to be back here in these halls after 20 years. It gives me chills to walk through this building and think about things that happened over 20 years ago. This is the job I’ve always wanted. I have worked at some fine institutions and every program that I led was compared to my experience as a student-athlete at Archbishop Carroll High School. It means a great deal to me to be able to lead this program, and that the Carroll community believes that I am the man to add on to such a great legacy.

Q: Tell us a little about you – your personality, your coaching style, and anything else you'd like to share.

A: I’m a very easy-going young man. I’m very easy to work with, but I’m passionate about what I do. I’m very intense when it comes to the job, but I think I do a good job of balancing work relationships and friend relationships.

My philosophy as a coach is, number one, to discipline my team and make sure we do the little things right. I feel that when kids are doing the little things right, the big things will come. The most important thing is to make sure we have discipline so that we do the little things right.

I’m proud of my accomplishments. And I look forward to building strong, quality relationships with the students, parents, faculty and the entire Carroll community.

Q: What are some of your short-term and long-term goals for the football program?

A: We’re about to embark on a great journey. This is a time at which these great young men of Carroll have an opportunity to restore pride in the Carroll community and to also cement their own legacies. This is also an opportunity for me to be part of something great. My short-term goals are to: 1) build a family environment in the program that includes all stakeholders, 2) hire quality coaches and support staff, 3) restore the JV and Freshmen teams, 4) restore alumni support, and 5) win!

My long-term goals are to: 1) build a program the reflects the institution that is Archbishop Carroll High School, 2) restore alumni pride, 3) build quality student-athletes that will reflect the mission, goals and values of Carroll, 4) increase resources to support this great program; and 5) WIN the WCAC Championship (sooner than later)!

With faith in God and the belief that ALL things are possible, we can achieve these things and more!

Q: In addition to coaching football, you’ll be working as a counselor in the guidance office at Carroll. How will your experience as an educator and administrator help Carroll students become even more successful academically?

A: I’ve been an educator now for 19 years in various roles. I think I bring a valuable skillset in terms of counseling students and helping to steer them in the right direction, especially in terms of goal-setting and envisioning where they see themselves in the next four years after high school. My last position was as the Law, Education and Public Service (LEPS) Academy Coordinator at Surrattsville High School, and I’m proud of the work I did, mentoring students and coaching teachers who were new to the program.  I am passionate about helping students make the right choices and giving them experiences that allow them to make those choices.

Q: What are some of your fondest memories as a student at Carroll?

A: I have so many fond memories. As a student at Carroll I was able to form relationships that have and will continue to stand the test of time. Some of my fondest memories involve sports  – being named MVP of the varsity football team and the varsity baseball team during my senior year.

One of my most enlightening experiences as a student occurred when I was volunteering at the soup kitchen my junior year. There was an incident while I was at the soup kitchen. A fight broke out between two homeless gentlemen. One gentleman actually broke a glass and was going to cut the other gentleman and I was able to subdue him and get the glass out of his hand. I put myself in harm’s way, and from that moment on Mr. Hoderny and I were the best of friends. That meant so much to me.