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Harrison named new Clayton State coach

Paul Harrison was named the new men's basketball coach at Clayton State on Monday afternoon.

Paul Harrison was named the new men's basketball coach at Clayton State on Monday afternoon.

MORROW - Clayton State named former Wofford associate head coach Paul Harrison as its new men's basketball coach on Monday.

The 41-year-old New York native spent the past six seasons at Wofford after several years alongside legendary former head coach John Kresse at the College of Charleston.

"Clayton State hit a home run with Paul," said Wofford head coach Mike Young. "They are getting the total package."

Harrison recruited Georgia for both Wofford and the College of Charleston during his tenure. He replaces Gordon Gibbons, who resigned earlier this year.

In two short seasons, he helped lead Wofford to its first winning season at the NCAA Division I level and to four straight winning seasons. From 2009 to 2011, the Terriers posted back-to-back 20 win seasons, the first time for Wofford in over 40 years.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the men’s basketball program at Clayton State University," Harrison said in a statement released by Clayton State.

He will officially start on April 22 as he assembles his staff and start the recruiting process. Harrison will be on campus later this week to meet with the returning players.