Spring Hill College men's and women's cross country volunteer assistant coach Angelo Harris was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletics Associations (AHSAA) Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012 on Monday, March 19.
Harris attended the McGill Institute in Mobile where he ran track and cross country until his graduation in 1966. Harris was a member of McGill's 1963 state champion cross country team and was the 1966 Individual State Champion in the mile run and earned a full scholarship to Alabama where he won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) indoor two-mile run and set the SEC two-mile record (9:00.3) in 1968. He was named All-SEC three times while setting seven Crimson Tide running records under the renowned coach John Mitchell.
Since graduating from Alabama in 1971, he has taught at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School for the last 39 years in the History Department. He coached the track and cross country teams at McGill-Toolen for 36 years where his cross country teams won seven girls' championships and five boys' championships in the varsity or freshman divisions. His teams had three girls' runner-up finishes and 13 second-place trophies in boys' competition.
In 1990, McGill-Toolen was the first team in AHSAA history to win three state cross country championships in one meet as the freshman boys, freshman girls and varsity girls were all victorious. Harris' teams won 17 varsity boys' Mobile County Championships and three girls' titles along with two varsity boys' and eight varsity girls' state titles in track and field. Harris, who has also served as president of the Mobile County Track and Field Association, coached 73 All-State runners and 216 All-County runners.
Harris has served as a volunteer assistant coach under SHC head cross country coach Joe H. Williams since 2009.