Freeport — Highland Community College assistant women’s basketball coach, Antwon Harris, has been named head coach of the Lady Cougars. Harris has served as assistant coach since December 2014 and played a major role in the team’s 2016 berth to the NJCAA National Tournament.
Harris is a familiar face to Cougar Basketball. He was a 2006 first team All-American leading the Highland Cougars to a third place finish in the nation and a Highland school record of 34-2, including 29 consecutive wins. After graduating from HCC in 2006, Harris continued his career at Winthrop University where he played for Greg Marshall, leading Winthrop to two NCAA tournament berths, including a first round victory over Notre Dame in 2007. Harris graduated from Winthrop University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and minor in Theatre and Performing Arts. He also played semiprofessional basketball from 2008 to 2012.
A native of Clarksville, Tennessee, Harris has most recently served as recreation coordinator for the Rockford Park District. He is a certified private basketball instructional coach with CoachUp.
“I am very excited that Antwon has accepted the head women’s basketball coaching position and is joining our Cougar family. Antwon has such great passion, a tremendous work ethic, and is a people’s person with a big heart – and he’s won championships at every level he has been,” said HCC athletic director, Pete Norman. “He is someone that will make our community, our college, and Cougar Nation proud. Most importantly, he cares deeply about the student-athletes and their growth and success as a students, athletes, and citizens. I have no doubt he will have a positive impact on every life he touches. He is such a wonderful person.”
Antwon Harris said, “I am excited to gain experience as a head coach and be part of recruiting student-athletes for our team at Highland. I look forward to continuing to take the program in the right direction and build off of last year’s success. It’s about recruiting for the team, winning at nationals and getting the women to graduation. I want to be able to present the Highland women’s basketball team to the community so others can see what we do at Highland. The community has always been a big supporter of our sports programs and I want women’s basketball to be part of that fan base.”
Harris joins a growing list of Highland Cougar alums now coaching for HCC, including Tone Boyle, men’s basketball; Aaron Burke, golf; Jeff Johnson, men’s and women’s bowling; and Pete Norman, athletic director.