David Harris has been hired as an assistant coach for the Navy men’s basketball team, head coach Ed DeChellis announced.
“We are excited to have David join our program,” said DeChellis. “He brings with him a wealth of experience as part of winning staffs at both VCU and Texas. He has a well-rounded background in video, recruiting, on-the-floor coaching and administrative duties. Above all that, he is a great person with strong morals and values. He fits in perfectly with what our program is about.”
“I am extremely excited to be able to work and build relationships at such a special school in the U.S. Naval Academy,” said Harris. “These are the brightest and toughest young men in the country and I cannot wait to start spending time with them. Coach DeChellis is a great coach and great man who I am greatly appreciative of the opportunity to work for.”
Harris arrives at Navy after spending the last three seasons on the coaching staff of head coach Shaka Smart at Texas. Harris was the special assistant, video coordinator in Austin, where he also served as the program’s summer camp coordinator and oversaw the team’s community service opportunities. The Longhorns advanced to the NCAA Tournament in two of the three seasons Harris was a member of the staff.
Harris was originally hired by Smart in the summer of 2013 as a graduate assistant coach at VCU. After one year in that role he became the program’s video coordinator for the 2014-15 season. The Rams compiled a two-year record of 52-19 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both of his years with the team.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Harris was a student manager under head coach Billy Donovan at Florida while he attended the school during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. He would go on to complete a bachelor’s degree in finance at Ashland in 2013, during which time he also played on the basketball team for three years. Harris would earn a master’s degree in sports leadership while working at VCU.