About Coach




 Coach Nat Harris brings a unique skill set to basketball. Years of experience as an educator, clinical social worker and certified guided imagery instructor have formed the foundation of his outstanding teaching/coaching style.

The mechanics and dynamics of transmitting instructions set him apart from the standard coaching modality. Coach is able to demonstrate a skill physically, and as a player he is able to connect with athletes in a way that quickly leads to their improved and demonstrable self-confidence. Players, coaches, and others learn with a high dosage of “whys” in all aspects of the basketball arena. Humor is another tool that Harris uses to deflate the tensions associated with performance levels.

Coach Harris has worked with athletes and students from all age levels, elementary to pro, both female and male. His passion for basketball and his innovative style of teaching its fundamentals while encouraging personal discipline have yielded proven results.


Coach Harris, a 2008 New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame inductee is the former head coach of the New Rochelle High School varsity team where he recorded an astounding 247-66 mark. His teams were consistently seen at the Westchester County Center, playing in League I-A classics. He was named Coach of the Year twice by the Westchester Basketball Coaches Association, Section I, League I. He also served as this association’s vice president and president-elect.

Harris served as Assistant Coach for Men’s Basketball at Purchase College (2008-2010), helping the team win their first Skyline Conference Championship (2010).

While serving as Assistant Coach for Men’s Basketball at Pace University (2010-2017) coach had three players  join the 1,000-point club. He also had two players make the 500 rebound club list.

On the pro level, Harris is a former player-evaluator for the Orlando Magic. He was also an assistant coach for the United States Basketball League’s Westchester Stallions (USBL). That team went to the USBL Finals.

Coach Harris was an established coach on the AAU circuit with his teams winning a number of tournament championships throughout the greater metropolitan area.

Harris played basketball at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, but a near-fatal car accident cut short his potential collegiate career at St. John’s University. He managed to get back into basketball, enjoying a solid hoop career in several notable pro-am tournaments, including West 4th, Dyckman and Rucker Park.


  • Skill Evaluation (individual, group, team)
  • Guided Imagery
  • Film Assessment
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Liaison with Trainers
  • Recruitment Education
  • Motivational talks
  • Camp talks