Tori Harrison Wiki – Tori Harrison Bio
Tori Harrison, an American star at Towson Catholic and the all-time No. 2 scoring leader in area women’s basketball history, died May 1 at her mother’s home in Baltimore.
Tori Harrison Age
She was 54 years old.
Tori Harrison Family
Tori Harrison her sister and daughter, Harrison is survived by her mother, Edith Harrison, of Baltimore. Funeral services are incomplete.
Tori Harrison Children
Her daughter, Lauren Harrison Williams, 31, is an attorney who lives in Upper Marlboro.
Tori Harrison Education
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and, in a pre-league era of professional women, turned to coaching. After stopping at Wake Forest, Clemson and Alabama, Harrison landed his first job as head coach at Coppin State in 1992. At age 27, as one of the nation’s youngest Division I coaches, he led Coppin to a record 20-9 and earned the Middle East Sports Conference of the Year honors.
Tori Harrison Career
Tori Harrison, a 6-foot-4-inch center who also starred in Louisiana Tech and served as a head coach at Coppin State, died of Machado-Joseph disease, a rare genetic disorder that attacks the central nervous system. The disease also claimed her father, Laurence Harrison Sr., and her brother, Larry Harrison Jr., a 6-foot-10 center at Towson Catholic and Wake Forest who died in 2003 at age 45. Diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 1997, Tori Harrison used a wheelchair for 13 years and has been “struggling” for the past 18 months, said her sister, Cheryl Harrison, of Laurel, associate athletic director of development at the University of Maryland.
In his final year (1982-83), Harrison led the Owlettes to a 37-3 mark and a No. 1 national ranking by USA Today. He finished his career with 2,516 points, now second in the Baltimore area to Curley Jones (2,486), an Arlington Baptist graduate in 1988. He averaged 17 points and 11.8 rebounds in one game during his career at Towson Catholic. Despite her scoring ability, “it wasn’t just about her on the court,” said Grason, 70. “She was everything to the team and everything to win, an extremely disinterested player.” As a rebounder, Harrison had few pairs, said Gert Scott, an All-America guard who played with her for three years in TC before starring in LSU.
A standout at Louisiana Tech, Harrison was its Most Valuable Player for three seasons while leading the team to two NCAA Final Four appearances and a runner-up finish in 1987. She totaled 1,868 career points, 1,020 rebounds and a school record 341 blocked shots, including nine in one game.
In 1997, she left Coppin (61-77 in her five years) to become an assistant at Minnesota, then George Washington. Seven years later, she became head coach at Rider (New Jersey), resigning in 2007 for health reasons.
Tori Harrison Death
Tori Harrison died May 1 at her mother’s home in Baltimore.