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Harris out as Somerville girls' hoop coach

Posted by Marcia Dick  October 7, 2010 04:39 PM

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harris01.JPGJust days after learning he would be replaced as Somerville’s girls’ basketball coach, Brian Harris wants an apology from the school he coached at for 18 years.

Saying he hoped to ‘‘assist somewhere,’’ this winter, Harris, 55, also was clear something had to happen first. ‘‘Not until Somerville apologizes to me for calling me a bully.’’

Somerville named former Wheelock and Simmons coach Shannon Clark as new girls’ varsity basketball coach Monday. Harris was told his style of coaching was confrontational and hostile and now he feels Somerville is standing in the way of his getting another job. He feels that when asked about his coaching career and why he was removed from his position, Somerville officials will say no comment.

‘‘That’s haunting me,’’ said Harris, who won 260 games at Somerville, including a 14-7 mark last winter. ‘‘They’re almost blackballing me for any jobs that come out.’’

Harris has spoken with attorneys but no one representing him has contacted Somerville officials yet.

- Bob Holmes

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