Del Harris grew up in Chesterfield County, Virginia. In high school, Del made All-District player at Monacan High School. A graduate of Fork Union Military Academy and standout guard, Del was recognized with All-State and All-Region honors.
After high school, Del went on to play at Howard Community College and graduated from Virginia State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Recreation.
After graduating from college, Coach Harris began his coaching career starting with coaching boys and girls middle school as well as boys AAU with Team Richmond.
In 2004, Del accepted an administrative assistant/coaching position with the University of Richmond men’s basketball team. In 2005, he then moved on to be an assistant coach with Virginia Military Institute and then followed that up in 2006 by joining the staff at Morgan State University as an assistant coach.
From 2007 to 2008, Coach Harris took a short break from college coaching and returned to high school coaching, but after a year was hired as the head men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at DIII school, Vassar College. He remained as the head coach of Vassar from 2008-13.
After his 5 year stint at Vassar, Coach Harris moved back into the youth side and once again began coaching the Team Richmond-Garner Road 17U Elite AAU squad composed of the top players in Central Virginia, started and directed the Del Harris Basketball Academy, and hosted a Fox Sports Radio show (WHAP 1049 AM).
In addition to his extensive coaching career, Del has worked with the USA Basketball Youth Development Camp and is a motivational speaker for athletic, community and student empowering events.
His basketball coaching/mentoring opportunities have also contributed to the successful career of 40 players who achieved their college dreams of playing at the college or professional level.
One of his players lead the nation in scoring and another was recognized with All-ACC and Euro League MVP honors.
Coach Harris is currently the boy’s varsity head coach and a full-time substitute teacher at the prestigious Collegiate School in Richmond, VA.