Andrew R. Goetz
ARCATA – Long-time Humboldt State basketball coach and educator Carol Harrison passed away Thursday, May 17. She was 62.
Harrison is remembered by the HSU Athletics department as an avid contributor to and supporter of the Green and Gold.
“Time flew by whenever I got the chance to sit next to Carol during a basketball game,” said HSU Athletic Director Duncan Robins. “She was full of enthusiasm for the players of today and had a million stories about those who played before. Carol cared deeply about our student-athletes. She will be missed.”
Harrison was an assistant under head coach Pam Martin from 1988-2001 before taking over the reigns as the program’s head coach. It was during her tenure as an assistant that the women's basketball team won its first-ever conference championship during the 1993-94 season, and she also helped the team reach the NCAA postseason for the first time (1994-95).
She served as head coach for the HSU women’s basketball program for three seasons (2001-04). Harrison was very active in department fundraising, taking key roles during her career with the Women's Walk and the Annual Sports Auction.
Harrison was not only a success on the court, she was also an award-winning writer for HSU's sports information department in the early 1990s, writing features for the department newspaper, the Humboldt Sporting News. After her coaching career, she continued to write locally for the Eureka Reporter, North Coast Journal and Times-Standard.
She was also a longtime professor in HSU's Health & PE Department which later became the Kinesiology Department.