W&L Alum Paul Harrison '93 Takes Over Clayton State Men's Basketball

Paul Harrison '93, head coach of Clayton State University men's basketball.

Paul Harrison '93, head coach of Clayton State University men's basketball.

Paul Harrison, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1993, was introduced this week as the new head men's basketball coach at Clayton State University, in Morrow, Ga.

Paul spent the last six years as associate head coach of Wofford College, a Division I program in Spartanburg, S.C. He is the fourth coach in the 23-year history of Clayton State, which competes in NCAA Division II.

A history major at W&L, Paul started his coaching career in 1996 as a graduate assistant at the College of Charleston and then held assistantships at Long Island University and the College of Charleston.

After his second season at Charleston, which included two Southern Conference South Division championships, Paul enrolled in law school at Tulane University, earning his juris doctor in 2004. While in New Orleans, Paul helped the National Basketball Association New Orleans Hornets in their film room.

Following law school, he was an assistant at Southeastern Louisiana in 2005-06. Then, while practicing law in New Orleans, he assisted with Metarie Country Day. He joined Wofford in 2007.

Paul helped the Wofford team reach new heights in recent years, including Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships in the 2009-10 seasons, when they advanced to the NCAA Division I national tournament and lost to Wisconsin. While coaching at the College of Charleston as an assistant and as a graduate assistant, Paul was part of four 20-win seasons, several conference and conference tournament championships and two trips to the NCAA Division I national tournament.

 

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