Coppin coaches Harrison, Booker resign Women's basketball team sub-.500 for 4th year in row


Tori Harrison, perhaps the best women's basketball player Baltimore has produced, has resigned as coach of the Coppin State women's team after compiling a 61-77 record over five seasons.

Harrison won Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1992-93, her first season on the North Avenue campus when she led the Lady Eagles to a 20-9 record and a regular-season title. That, however, marked her last winning season. This past year, her team finished 7-20.

A star at Towson Catholic, Harrison was named a Parade magazine high school All-American in 1983. She went on to play for two Final Four teams at Louisiana Tech. In addition to being named the Lady Techsters' most valuable player in 1985, 1986 and 1987, she was named Louisiana's Female Athlete of the Year in 1987.

Harrison, who also served as Coppin's senior woman administrator, was attending the MEAC championships in golf and tennis in Tallahassee, Fla., yesterday, and could not be reached for comment. Her resignation is effective June 30.

"I had an idea Tori was pursuing another job, but she hasn't discussed any specifics with me," said Fang Mitchell, Coppin's athletic director and men's basketball coach.

"We've already begun our search for a replacement and talked to some people. But when the official word gets out, I expect to get deluged by calls."

Mitchell also announced the resignation of baseball coach Jason Booker, who has compiled a 76-244 record in nine seasons. His resignation also becomes effective June 30.

The Eagles (9-15) lead the MEAC with a 6-1 record. A Baltimore native, Booker won MEAC Coach of the Year honors in 1995 when the Eagles won their first conference championship.

Booker has accepted a management position in Washington with Health Services To Children With Families With Disabilities.

"Jason Booker leaving is a tremendous loss for us," said Mitchell. "He has been one of our most loyal coaches and really gave me direction my first year at Coppin [1986]. But he was a social science major in college, and working with children is his life's dream. This was an opportunity he couldn't pass up."

Coppin also said yesterday that Jason Iacona, a 7-foot-1 center from Seton Catholic High in Pittston, Pa., has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball. Iacona, who has played just one full season of organized basketball, averaged 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks last season.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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