Shawana Harrison is eager to get to work as the new girls basketball coach at West Hall High. She won’t have long to wait.
After being announced as the new Lady Spartans coach in a news release from the Hall County Schools on Monday, just after meeting with the new players she will coach in Oakwood, she has just nine days until they open summer practice on May 30.
“West Hall is a great, family-oriented program,” said Harrison, who served as an assistant coach at Gainesville High for the past eight years. “I feel like this is a great opportunity to bettering my career as a head coach.”
Harrison fills the vacancy left by former coach Bryan Richerson, who announced his resignation earlier this month, and has since been named boys basketball coach at Monroe Area High.
As assistant coach for the Lady Red Elephants, Harrison was mentored by former head coach Brenda Hill-Gilmore. Gainesville’s former head coach resigned her position April 20 and has accepted the head girls basketball coaching position with Monroe Area.
Harrison, 32, played in high school for the Lady Red Elephants, where she played guard for state championship teams in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
The new West Hall girls coach played her first two years at Truett-McConnell University, in Cleveland, then finished her eligibility at Georgia College.
Under Richerson, West Hall won region championships in 2016 and 2017. The Lady Spartans, with Harrison as coach, will be rebuilding with four-year starter and 2,000-point career scorer Anna McKendree graduating.