Harris named new football coach at Glendale

According to a press release by the Glendale Unified School District, Glendale High has hired former USC player Cary Harris as its new football coach.

The announcement was made Tuesday.

Harris takes over for George Maiale, who coached Glendale the past three seasons before resigning the post in December.

“We’re very excited to welcome coach Harris to the Nitro family and hope that his impressive football background, both as a player and a coach, will attract talented student-athletes to our program,” Glendale principal Benjamin Wolf stated in the release.

Harris, 30, will be the sixth coach at Glendale since 2004 and will look to guide the Nitros to their first playoff appearance since 2003.

Glendale finished 2-8, 0-7 in the Pacific League last season. The Nitros went 2-1 in nonleague play before seven straight league defeats. Glendale’s last winning season came in 2008, when it went 6-4.

Harris played cornerback at USC from 2006-08 before he was drafted in the sixth round (183rd overall) by the Buffalo Bills in 2009. In addition, Harris was on the practice squad of the Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants. Harris also starred at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High under coach Kevin Rooney and was a member of the school’s track and field team.

Harris received All-PAC-10 honorable mention recognition twice at USC under coach Pete Carroll. He notched 143 total tackles and five interceptions with the Trojans.

Harris played parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons for Buffalo.

Harris previously served as an assistant coach at Moorpark College and was a coaching intern for the Oakland Raiders, according to the release.

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