BERKELEY, Calif. – Marco Harris has been named Director of Operations for the California men’s basketball program, head coach Cuonzo Martin announced on Thursday.
Harris will oversee the program’s day-to-day operations and will manage the numerous administrative tasks while working closely with the athletic department’s senior staff. He will have direct oversight of the program’s budget and serve as a liaison for the program in various campus and community initiatives.
“Marco is someone I know very well and trust,” Martin said. “His high character and exceptional work ethic will serve well in this role. Marco has established himself as an excellent administrator in his career. He will play an important position in all aspects of our program.”
Harris comes to Berkeley after serving the past three seasons on Martin’s staff at Tennessee where he was the Volunteers’ Director of Operations for the 2013-14 season. Harris spent the first two seasons in Knoxville as Tennessee’s student-athlete welfare coordinator. In that role, he was instrumental in providing optimal support to allow the student-athletes the opportunity to flourish on the court, in the class room and as ambassadors in the community.
Under Harris’ stewardship as student-athlete welfare coordinator, Tennessee posted a team grade point average of 2.63, the program’s highest GPA since it was forced recorded in 2003. The Vols were also the recipients of the Tennessee Community Outreach Team of the Year award in 2013.
Harris’ relationship with Martin dates back more than three decades to their days growing up together in East St. Louis, Ill.
A mentor and entrepreneur, Harris has enjoyed success as both a coach and private business owner. He has coached at both the high school (Booker T. Washington HS in Tulsa, Okla.) and AAU level. As Booker T. Washington’s assistant/interim head varsity coach, Harris guided the Hornets to a state title and a perfect 21-0 record in 2011. Harris has owned and operated several businesses and held several roles as an athletic administrator throughout his professional career.
A standout in baseball at Southern Illinois during the beginning of his college experience, Harris later attended Southwestern Oklahoma State where he began his basketball career. In two seasons at Southwestern Oklahoma State (1992-94), Harris was a fixture in the backcourt where was team captain as a senior.
Harris, who received his associate’s degree in business management from Southwestern Illinois College in 1992, earned his bachelor’s degree in business management at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1994.