Paul Harrison was named the head men's basketball coach at Clayton State University in the spring of 2013, becoming the University's fourth head coach in the 23-year history of the Laker men's basketball program.
A native of Larchmont, NY, Harrison most recently served as the associate head coach at NCAA Division I Wofford College and coached on the Terrier sidelines for six seasons.
At Wofford, Harrison assisted with on-court coaching, opponent scouting, and recruiting. Prior to Wofford and coaching under head coach Mike Young, he served as an assistant coach at the College of Charleston coaching alongside legendary former head coach John Kresse.
As the associate head coach at Wofford, Harrison helped build the Terriers into a top men’s basketball program in the Southern Conference. In two short seasons, he helped lead Wofford to its first winning season at the NCAA Division I level and to four straight winning seasons. From 2009 to 2011, the Terriers posted back-to-back 20-win seasons, the first time at Wofford in over 40 years.
Wofford’s top season came in 2009-10 when the squad finished with a 26-9 record, winning the Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Terriers advanced to their first NCAA Division I national tournament, falling to Wisconsin 53-49. The squad beat both Georgia and South Carolina that season and won 22 of its last 25 games. Harrison was instrumental in the development of a Wofford team that finished the year atop the Southern Conference in field goal and three-point field goal percentage defense and ranked third in scoring defense.
The Wofford program also advanced to the NCAA Division I national tournament in 2011 after posting a 21-13 record, tying for first in the South Division of the Southern Conference and winning the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament. The Terriers faced BYU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to Cougars 74-66. That season, Harrison helped in the development of Noah Dahlman and Tim Johnson who both earned spots on the All-Conference team.
In 2011-12, Wofford posted a 19-14 overall record and advanced to the postseason for the third straight time. Coach Harrison helped in the development of Kevin Giltner and Brad Loesing as both earned All-SoCon honors.
As an assistant coach at the College of Charleston, Harrison was part of four 20-win seasons, several conference and conference tournament championships and two trips to the NCAA Division I national tournament. From 1996 to 1998, the College of Charleston was 53-9 overall, won the TransAmerica conference twice and played in two NCAA Championships, advancing to the second round in 1997. He was also on the sidelines with Coach Kresse from 1991 to 2001 when the Cougars went 46-13 and won a pair of Southern Conference South Division titles.
In addition to his coaching experience at Wofford and at the College of Charleston, Harrison has served as an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana and as an assistant at Long Island University.
Harrison attained a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 2004 and graduated from Washington & Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1993. He and his wife, Heather, have two children, Grace and Henry.