Following a stellar coaching stint at Manvel High School, Bryan Harris is ready to bring those chops to Barbers Hill girls basketball.
Harris begins his new tenure at St. Agnes 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He brings 215 wins over the last seven seasons at Manvel including a 2014 Class 5A state title.
“I am pretty excited to get started and see how we can build something special here at Barbers Hill,” Harris said. “The players are all working hard and trying to increase their basketball knowledge. It will be a work in progress but it should be a lot of fun.”
The new system Harris has brought over will focus on tailoring a style of play to the players strengths.
“My philosophy is twofold: Prevent teams from getting layups and getting to the free throw line,” Harris said. “Our goals are we need to increase our basketball knowledge and establish a culture, win a district championship, compete at the regional level and win the last game of the year.”
Harris said that defense will be his team’s focus in order to reach those goals.
The roster is composed of seniors Anna Clanton, Jazlyn Marcus, Jaelin Holden, Alliece Semien and Amber Cavender, juniors Moriah Shaw, Kaylee Hornberger and Shandi Smith, sophomores Delaney Dunham, Rachel Sarlls, Shelby Edgar and Madison Manuel and freshman Delanna Carter.
Not a lot of height is evident.
“The way that (Harris) coaches is new to every single player out there,” Holden said. “He’s not much of a yeller, but he’s very stern. He makes sure we get what we need to get done. I like that 100 percent.
“Every girl, despite their size, works like they’re 6-foot-4.”
Sarlls stepped up as her freshman season moved forward and she expects more from herself this year.
“I am ready to step up to the plate and help the team with whatever we need to get to the top,” Sarlls said. “Playing more and having experience on the court made me want it more and gave me more confidence.”