Booker T. Washington football coach lands with FIU

Booker T. Washington football coach lands with FIU

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Booker T. Washington football coach lands with FIU

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Tim Harris Jr., (center, with cap), is leaving Booker T. Washington (Miami) to coach the running backs at Florida International. Photo by Jim Halley/USA TODAY Sports

Tim Harris Jr., (standing, center, with cap), is leaving Booker T. Washington (Miami) to coach the running backs at Florida International. Photo by Jim Halley/USA TODAY Sports

Last high school football season, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Booker T. Washington (Miami) finished 1-2 in the Super 25 football rankings. Next season, both teams will have new coaches.

Gorman already has a new coach as Kenny Sanchez has taken over for his brother, Tony, who became the head coach at UNLV in December.

Booker T. Washington just began its coaching search as Tim Harris Jr., who coached the Tornadoes to a 13-0 record, a 4A state championship and a No. 2 finish in the Super 25, was announced Tuesday as a running backs coach at Florida International. Harris replaces Kerry Dixon II, who joined the Florida coaching staff earlier this month.

“Tim Harris, Jr., is a tireless worker,” FIU coach Ron Turner said in a release. “He has done an outstanding job at a highly-successful high school program. He comes from a strong coaching background with his father Tim Harris, Sr. He has a tremendous knack for communicating with his players on and off the field. He’s a disciplinarian who holds his kids accountable for everything they do.”

Harris Jr. was the head coach at Booker T. Washington for one year. He was the Tornadoes’ offensive coordinator for five seasons prior to that. He was also the school’s track and field coach from 2010-14.

“I’m really excited and thankful for the opportunity Coach Tuner has given me and my family,” Harris said. “FIU is a great destination. This is a program that kids want to be a part of and the direction Coach Turner and his staff have FIU football going in is something special. Being a local guy, I’m grateful for this being my first opportunity to coach in college. I’m going to do everything I can to help take FIU to another level on and off the field and in the community.”

Harris played football and ran track at Booker T. Washington, then was an All-American in track and field at Miami.

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