A member of the Tech Athletics staff for more than three
decades, Frank Harrell is now in his 35th year as a member of the
department's administration. He holds two distinct titles -
Associate Director of Athletics for Sports/Compliance and Director
Harrell is involved in every aspect of the department from budgeting to gameday operations. He also serves as the director of the Athletics Association and has served as director of the hugely successful Golden Eagle Scramble summer golf tournament.
As a senior administrator, his responsibilities include overseeing the operations of each of Tech's 14 teams as well as handling the university's efficient structure to ensure compliance with NCAA rules. As director of compliance, Harrell is responsible for seeing that the Tech Athletics staff is up-to-date and in line with the ever-changing NCAA rules. He joined the Golden Eagle basketball coaching staff in 1980 as an assistant coach, and was named head basketball coach in December 1988. He took on an administrative role in 1990 when he was called upon to oversee the department's fledgling compliance efforts. He worked in the dual role of compliance coordinator and head basketball coach until he stepped down from the coaching ranks in 1998.
Harrell was associate head coach for nine years and head coach 10 seasons. He was named Coach of the Year in 1991 by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association and compiled a 128-154 career record. His teams had the second-best conference record during his seasons as head coach.
He was named interim athletic director in 2004, a position he held for six months until the university's search for a full-time A.D. brought Mark Wilson to the program. On July 1, 2004, Harrell returned to his role as associate athletics director.
Harrell, as the Athletics Association director, initially was
responsible for getting the Association on solid ground, seeking
dramatic growth. Harrell still serves as its director, with the
Association experiencing great growth in fundraising through the
main efforts of D or A Mark Mark Wilson and Asst AD for Development
A native of Ray City, Ga., Harrell, 64, received his bachelor's degree in 1972 from Georgia Southwestern and a master's degree in 1977 from the University of Tennessee. Frank has one grown daughter, Lisa Cobbs, and one granddaughter, Katie.