Robert Harris, Jr. Named Head Football Coach at Archbishop Carroll High School

Carroll’s Athletic Director, Torrance Hill, says, “Coach Harris is the best fit for our school because of his understanding of Carroll football, our community and what we offer to student athletes. He has a plan to build a program, rather than just next year’s varsity team.”

Harris comes to Carroll from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD, where he served as head football coach since 2008. Last season he led Surrattsville (8-5) to their second consecutive Maryland state 1A North Regional championship and second consecutive state semifinal playoff appearance. He engineered the best football season in school history (10-3) in 2013.

Harris, who is a 1991 graduate of Archbishop Carroll, is honored to return to his alma mater as a coach. He says, “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.”
Over the last 14 years, Harris has created an outstanding record of achievement. Prior to building Surrattsville into a perennial playoff contender, he served as an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Bladensburg High school (2005-2008) and was integral to improving the team’s win/loss record from 0-10 to 4-6 in three years. He had similar results when coaching middle school teams in North Carolina from 2000-2004 — first, as head coach at Mint Hill Middle School, and then at North East Middle School, where he led the team to the Eastern League Championship in both 2000 and 2001.

Harris says, “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.”

A search committee worked diligently to review candidates for the head coach position. Timothy Breslin, an alumnus, former head football coach at Carroll and member of the search committee says, “I have known Rob since he was a student-athlete at Carroll. His experience at the school, like for so many others, was a very meaningful time for his development into a young man. He will do a fantastic job. He loves Carroll for what it has done for him and I am sure he looks forward to 'paying it forward’.”

Harris will begin football-related activities immediately and will start as a full-time employee on February 16. In addition to coaching, he will serve on the guidance staff as an academic support counselor, using his years of experience as an educator and administrator to help Carroll students become even more successful academically.

Harris is a devoted family man and the father of two sons. He coached his eldest son, Robert Harris III (17), as the quarterback on the Surrattsville High School football team.