Ensworth has a new basketball coach ... but for which team?

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8:38pm

Long-time AAU and prep basketball coach Cleve Harris has accepted a job as basketball coach at Ensworth High. Whether he coaches the boys or girls is yet to be determined.

Harris, 51, met with Ensworth athletics director Ricky Bowers and sat on the bench with Bowers during the girls’ camp games this week at Belmont University.

Bowers has handled the team since Hubie Smith resigned in April after winning the DII state title. Smith took the boys job at Brentwood Academy.

Harris resigned his position as boys head coach at Friendship Christian on Wednesday.

"It may be the girls job or boys job,'' he said Friday. "There is a chance it could be both. Ricky has indicated that he wants to cut back on his coaching duties. I have accepted a position of director of basketball operations at Ensworth.

"I had a great meeting with the girls team and have coached with Ricky this week at team camp. I have not met the boys team yet. On Monday, I am going to meet with them, and I am really excited about that. I will have a 10 a.m. meeting Monday when I will sit down with Ricky and plan a road map about exactly where we will go from there.

“I may coach the girls team or boys team or both, which I am fully capable of doing. Ricky could possibly coach with me.''

In addition to being the school's AD, Bowers is also the head football coach and boys basketball coach. Like the girls, his boys team won a state title this year.

Attempts to reach Bowers Friday were unsuccessful.

Harris guided Friendship to the 2012 state Class A championship and finished with a 28-3 record. In his three years there, his teams were 61-24.

The past year, the Commanders went 10-16 in a graduation-depleted season, which saw them reach the quarterfinals of the region tournament.

"Ensworth showed interest in me following the season last year,'' Harris said. "Recently, when they showed interest again, I thought the time was right.''

Harris came to Friendship in 2010 after he served as an assistant varsity coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy under coach Drew Maddux. He also was head coach of the middle school boys at CPA. He also coached at Moore County and East Hickman High.

He was an all-state player as a senior at Memphis East High and was an All-TJCAA selection at Motlow State before he played his final two years at Union University.

Harris has coached AAU and travel teams for 23 years. He is a founder of the Tennessee Lady Tigers AAU program in 1990.

"That's something I'd like to continue, although I might need to scale back on that,'' he said.

Harris said he loved his time at Friendship in Wilson County, but that travel from his home in Bon Aqua in Hickman County became more of a hardship.


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There is a three-game guarantee for every team. To enter, call Denise Farrell at 593-7189 or e-mail denise@jseworld.org. Entry deadline is Monday.