One of Miami-Dade's most respected and decorated coaches is making his way back to high school sidelines.
Multiple sources are confirming to SFHSSports that Tim "Ice" Harris Sr. is slated to return to coach at Booker T. Washington – for the third time.
Harris Sr. was the running back's coach at the University of Miami during the 2014 and 2015's season under former coach Al Golden. However, Harris was not retained by new head coach Mark Richt.
Harris was unable to be reached for comment.
A source with direct and close knowledge of the situation confirmed that Harris is returning to the coaching staff but as an assistant, not as head coach.
Earl Tillman will remain the head coach at this time, the source said.
As late as this past Friday, there were rumblings of Harris going to Miami Jackson, but apparently Harris and the Tornadoes came to an agreement on his return.
Tillman, who is in his second stint as the Tornadoes' head coach, led the team to 9-5 record and its fourth consecutive Class 4A state championship with a 43-23 win over Jacksonville Raines in December. Booker T.'s win in Orlando also marked the first time in Miami-Dade County history that a program won three consecutive state championships with three different head coaches.
Harris, 50, has over 25 years of coaching experience in South Florida as both an assistant (stints at Miami High, Northwestern and Central) and as a head coach – totaling a 99-10 record in eight seasons at Booker T. Washington. Also, he led the Tornadoes to three state championships and a mythical national title in 2013 as well as being a three-time winner of the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year Award.
Harris, the father of FIU running back's coach Tim Harris Jr., Tennessee Titans cornerback Brandon Harris and University of Florida quarterback Treon Harris, had two separate go-rounds with the Tornadoes. In his first stint at Booker T. from 2003 to 2007, Harris went 57-7 and led the Tornadoes to a state championship in 2007 and was named USA Today's National Coach of the Year. He then went Miami as a special assistant to then-head coach Randy Shannon from 2008 to 2010. Harris returned to Booker T. in 2011 and led them to three state title games – winning the last two.
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