February 16, 2009

Walt Harris to coach Akron QBs, passing game

Rivals has learned that Akron has hired former Pittsburgh head coach Walt Harris as quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator.

Harris, 62, has not coached the last two seasons but brings a wealth of experience to Akron that includes 13 years of head coaching experience.

Harris' most successful run as a head coach came from 1997 to 2004, when he led the Pitt to a 52-44 record and six bowl trips. His 2004 team won a share of the Big East title and played in the Fiesta Bowl. Akron coach J.D. Brookhart was an assistant to Harris with the Panthers. Brookhart was Pitt's offensive coordinator before taking the Akron job.

Harris also was head coach at Pacific from 1989-91, posting an 11-24 record. Most recently, Harris was head coach of Stanford from 2005-06, going 6-17.

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.


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