New Cal coach Cuonzo Martin announced the hiring of long-time friend and colleague Marco Harris as his director of basketball operations, the same position he held for Martin’s last season at Tennessee.
“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 (no relation to new assistant coach Jon Harris) fills the position held last season by Theo Robertson.
Martin retained none of former coach Mike Montgomery’s staff.
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’ lead in that role, Tennessee posted a team grade point average of 2.63, the program’s highest GPA since it was first recorded in 2003. The Vols were also the recipients of the Tennessee Community Outreach Team of the Year award in 2013.
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 team captain as a senior guard.