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Former Coppin State Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Baltimore legend Tori Harrison dies at 54

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Posted at 4:45 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 16:45:15-04

BALTIMORE — Former Coppin State head women’s basketball coach Tori Harrison died earlier this month from Machado-Joseph Disease.

Harrison coached the Eagles for five seasons from 1992-97 and was the 1992-93 MEAC Coach of the Year after leading CSU to a 20-9 record with a 12-4 mark in conference play.

Harrison guided the Eagles to a 61-77 overall record with a 45-37 mark in the MEAC while also serving as the school’s Senior Woman’s Administrator.

One of the greatest players to ever come out of Baltimore, Harrison was a Parade All-American at Towson Catholic High School where she scored 2,516 career points and led the Owlettes to a 136-7 record in her four seasons.

Following graduation, Harrison played collegiately at Louisiana Tech and led the Lady Techsters to a pair of Final Fours, including a National Championship Game appearance in 1987 where she was also the NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player.

Harrison scored 1,868 career points at Tech along with 1,020 rebounds and blocked a school-record 341 shots.

Prior to taking her first head coaching position at Coppin, Harrison served as an assistant coach at Wake Forest, Alabama and Clemson. Following her tenure at Coppin, Harrison was an assistant for USA Basketball and Minnesota before spending five seasons at George Washington University.

Harrison earned her second head coaching gig at Rider University where she spent three seasons from 2004 to 2007.