On this episode of Inside the Headset, we are joined by Braxton Harris, head coach for Howard Payne University, to discuss the lessons he learned as a first year head coach, the interview process, and his experience as a member of the AFCA’s 2018 35 Under 35 class.
After serving as a student assistant at his alma mater, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Coach Harris was hired by UMHB to coach wide receivers and serve as the recruiting coordinator (2006-2009). Harris joined the staff at Waco HS (TX) to work with the secondary in 2010 before going to Texas Lutheran University in 2011 to coach defensive ends/linebackers and be the special teams and recruiting coordinator. He was named the assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator at TLU in 2013 and remained with the team until being named the head coach at HPU in 2017.
- [0:52] Start of interview
- [2:00] Becoming a head coach
- [5:43] Preparing to be a head coach
- [7:50] Lessons learned from the first year
- [12:15] The interview process
- [17:24] Core values of the program
- [19:35] Coaching personality and being genuine
- [22:36] First AFCA Convention experiences
- [26:16] Takeaways from the 2018 35 Under 35
- [32:24] Best pieces of advice
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