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Encyclopedia > Walt Harris
Walt Harris
Date of birth November 9, 1946
Place of birth South San Francisco, California
Sport Football
College Stanford
Title Head Coach
Record with Team 6-17
Overall Record 69-83
Awards 1997, 2004 Big East coach of the year
2002 AFCA Region I coach of the year
Coaching Stats College Football DataWarehouse
School as a player
1964-65
1966-67
College of San Mateo
Pacific
Position Defensive back
Schools as a coach
1989-1991
1997-2004
2005-2006
Pacific
Pittsburgh
Stanford

Walt Harris (born November 9, 1946 in South San Francisco, California) is a college football coach. November 9 is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 52 days remaining. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... South San Francisco is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Stanford redirects here. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of seventeen universities in the northeastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. ... The American Football Coaches Association is an association of college football coaches on all levels and is responsible for the Coaches Poll that determines the national champion each year. ... The College of San Mateo is a public community college in San Mateo County, California, formerly known as San Mateo Junior College (SMJC). ... The University of the Pacific (also known as Pacific, and formerly known as UOP) is a private northern California university originally chartered on July 10, 1851 in Santa Clara, California, under the name California Wesleyan College by the California Supreme Court. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... November 9 is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 52 days remaining. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... South San Francisco is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


Most recently, Harris was the head coach of the football team at Stanford University. In his first season as head coach there he posted a record of 5-6. In his second season as head coach he posted a 1-11 record, the school's worst since going 0-10 in 1960. He was fired on December 4, 2006, two days after Stanford's regular season ended. The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Stanford redirects here. ... December 4 is the 338th day of the year (339th on leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Before coming to Stanford, Harris was the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers for eight seasons (1997-2004). Harris resurrected a falling Pitt program that had won only 15 games in the previous five seasons. Harris took Pitt to bowl games in six of his eight seasons, including five consecutive bowl games from 2000 through 2004. Harris led Pittsburgh to the Big East Conference championship in 2004. Harris was named the Big East Conference coach of the year in 1997 and 2004, and he was the AFCA Region I coach of the year in 2002. Harris compiled an overall record of 52-44 at Pitt. The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The sports teams of the University of Pittsburgh or Pitt are known as the Panthers. ... A bowl game is a post-season college football game, typically at the Division I-A level. ... The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of seventeen universities in the northeastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. ... The American Football Coaches Association is an association of college football coaches on all levels and is responsible for the Coaches Poll that determines the national champion each year. ... Pitt may refer to University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, primarily their sports teams in football and basketball, the Pitt Panthers. William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1788) (Pitt the Elder), British Prime Minister 1766–1768 William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister 1783–1801 and 1804–1806, son...


Before coaching in Pittsburgh, Harris had an extensive coaching resume. Harris coached at Ohio State University (QB coach, 1995-96), the New York Jets (QB coach, 1992-94), the University of the Pacific (head coach, 1989-91), the University of Tennessee (offensive coordinator, 1983-88), the University of Illinois (QB coach, 1980-82), Michigan State University (linebacker coach, 1978-79), the United States Air Force Academy (secondary coach, spring 1978), the University of California, Berkeley (linebacker coach, 1974-77), the University of the Pacific (secondary, 1971-73), and El Camino High School in South San Francisco, California (1970). City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Ohio. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Robert Wood Johnson IV General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC... The University of the Pacific (also known as Pacific, and formerly known as UOP) is a private northern California university originally chartered on July 10, 1851 in Santa Clara, California, under the name California Wesleyan College by the California Supreme Court. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan. ... The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, (, ), is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers in the United States Air Force. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, and by other names, see below) is the oldest and flagship campus of the ten-campus University of California system. ... The University of the Pacific (also known as Pacific, and formerly known as UOP) is a private northern California university originally chartered on July 10, 1851 in Santa Clara, California, under the name California Wesleyan College by the California Supreme Court. ...


Harris has a reputation as a good coach of quarterbacks and the passing game. As a college coach, Harris has coached 14 quarterbacks who went on to the NFL. Harris coached two wide receivers at Pitt who won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in the nation -- Antonio Bryant (2000) and Larry Fitzgerald (2003). Harris was the QB coach for Ohio State when Terry Glenn won the Biletnikoff Award (1995). Harris also coached Boomer Esiason to a Pro Bowl season with the New York Jets in 1993. According to Esiason, "Walt Harris is right up there with the best. There's nobody better." [citation needed] A quarterback is a position in American and Canadian football. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... The Fred Biletnikoff Award has been presented since 1994 to the nations top college football wide receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club. ... Antonio Bryant (born March 9, 1981 in Miami, Florida) is an NFL wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. ... Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. ... Terry Tyree Glenn (born July 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football player who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys at the wide receiver position. ... The Biletnikoff Award, named for Fred Biletnikoff, is an award given each year to the best wide receiver in college football. ... Norman Julius Boomer Esiason (born April 17, 1961 in West Islip, New York) is a former quarterback with the National Football Leagues Cincinnati Bengals (1984-1992, 1997), the New York Jets (1993-1995) and the Arizona Cardinals (1996). ...


While his football prowess is unquestioned, Harris has been viewed by many player to be overbearing and difficult to work with. One article about his departure from Stanford called him a "disciplinarian" and reported that a player briefly quit the team in protest of his coaching style. [1] Bryant claimed that one of the main reasons for not returning for a senior year at Pittsburgh was due to the fact that he would have to deal with Harris once again. USC Head Coach Pete Carroll's son, Brennan, played for Harris and commonly uses stories of Harris' coaching style to lure recruits away from Harris at his current position at Pac-10 rival Stanford. However, when Harris left The University of Pittsburgh, quarterback Tyler Palko was one of several players very outspoken about their desire to keep Harris in their program.


Harris also has a questionable history of play calling, particularly when it comes to his tenure at The University of Pittsburgh. In a controversial series of calls he had Tyler Palko quarterback punt on 3rd down a number of times in a 2004 game against Nebraska which the Panthers lost. Harris was also roundly criticized after 2003's Continential Tire Bowl for refusing to throw to Heisman Trophy runner up and third overall NFL draft pick Larry Fitzgerald. The Panthers lost that game against an underdog University of Virginia team.


Harris received a bachelor's degree (1968) and a master's degree (1969) from the University of the Pacific, where he played college football. Harris attended El Camino High School in South San Francisco. The University of the Pacific (also known as Pacific, and formerly known as UOP) is a private northern California university originally chartered on July 10, 1851 in Santa Clara, California, under the name California Wesleyan College by the California Supreme Court. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ...


References

Stanford Official Bio
ESPN Article detailing Stanford Firing
Stanford Daily article about Harris's firing

Preceded by
Bob Cope
Pacific Football Coaches
19891992
Succeeded by
Chuck Shelton
Preceded by
Johnny Majors
University of Pittsburgh Football Coaches
19972004
Succeeded by
Dave Wannstedt
Preceded by
Buddy Teevens
Stanford University Football Coaches
20052006
Succeeded by
Vacant

  Results from FactBites:
 
Player Bio: Walt Harris :: Football (1326 words)
Harris was hired on December 13, 2004, and the announcement that he would not return to the position came on December 4, 2006.
Harris has tutored some of the finest players in the game, has been a part of championship teams and some of the most respected programs in the nation, and has earned a reputation as one of the great innovators and teachers in football.
Harris, who was named the Big East Conference Coach of the Year for the second time that season, led his team to six wins in its last seven regular games to set up a Fiesta Bowl showdown against unbeaten Utah.
Walt Harris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (333 words)
Walt Harris (born November 9, 1946 in South San Francisco, California) is the head coach of the football team at Stanford University.
Harris was named the Big East Conference coach of the year in 1997 and 2004, and he was the AFCA Region I coach of the year in 2002.
Harris was the QB coach for Ohio State when Terry Glenn won the Biletnikoff Award (1995).
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