A long-time coach who spent the bulk of his life supporting prep track and field in Georgia — and mentored Trojan athletes as their coach — was inducted into the Georgia Track and Field and Cross Country Association Hall of Fame earlier this year.
David Harris said his obsession for running can be traced back to elementary school.
“Two life-changing experiences instilled in me a passion for running when I crossed paths with an Olympic Track and Field coach while in elementary school, and later, in high school, with a two time former Olympian.”
His passion and dedication to running has provided Harris a slew of opportunities over the years. He was a clinic presenter at the NIKE Green Mountain Cross Country Camp in Vermont in 1995 and 2000. He also volunteered in the 1996 U.S. Olympics, where he helped with computer tabulation results for the track and field events.
Harris has spent the majority of his life involved in track and field and cross country programs, finding his niche in 1971 when he started announcing track meets. He has announced all but three Carrollton Relays beginning with the first meet in 1972.
He began coaching at Carrollton High School in the spring of 1990 after having announced the Carrollton relays for nearly two decades. He started the first girls cross country team at CHS in 1990 and later started the first girls cross country team at Carrollton Junior High School in 1993. The following year, the CJHS team had its first and only undefeated season.
CHS principal David Brooks said Harris has been a staple for the track and cross country program for years.
“His selfless attitude and dedication to these athletes has contributed to much of the success of our track and cross country program,” Brooks said.
In addition to his induction into the Georgia Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame back in January, Harris has a substantial list of career achievements.
In 1995, he won the Paul Koshewa Award given by the Atlanta Track Club to the individual making the greatest contribution to cross country. Further, he was named the Region Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1999. Harris was the assistant coach on three state championship track teams at CHS in 1992, 1993 and 2012. He was inducted into the Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
Harris still volunteers as a track and cross country coach at CHS. He currently lives in Carrollton with his wife, Anna.