Friday, August 12, 2011
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From Staff Reports
For five years, Andy Harre has helped make Clayton State Laker men's basketball one of the top programs in the Peach Belt Conference. Now, he is taking his talents up another level.
Clayton State men's head basketball coach Gordon Gibbons announced on Thursday that Harre has stepped down as an assistant on the Laker staff. The Melbourne, Fla., native has accepted the top assistant position at Division I Grambling State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
At Grambling, Harre will be reunited with Tigers head coach Bobby Washington, under whom he served as an assistant at Seminole Community College during the 2005-06 season. A search for Harre's replacement is underway.
"This is a great opportunity for Andy and we all are excited for him," Gibbons said. "He did an outstanding job in many areas for us, and will be missed by all of us."
Harre joined the Clayton State coaching staff prior to the 2006-07 season. During his time under Gibbons, Harre helped pace the Lakers to consecutive NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. That included a berth in the NCAA Division II "Sweet 16" and Clayton State's first-ever Peach Belt Tournament championship in 2008.
Primarily in charge of recruiting, Harre helped bring top-quality talent to Clayton State. Most notable was last season in the emergence of All-Peach Belt Conference and Division II All-Southeast Region selections Brandon Robinson and Timmy Downs. The duo finished as the top two scorers in the Peach Belt and helped pace the Lakers to a 19-10 mark.
Harre is also responsible for constructing a stellar Clayton State recruiting class for the upcoming 2011-12 season. It consists of three Division I transfers, one Division II transfer and three JUCO standouts.
A former player under Gibbons at Florida Southern, Harre received his Associate's Degree from Brevard Community College in 2001 and his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Central Florida in 2005.