Walter “Bucky” Harris served in several capacities in his 46 years at the University, including Director of Athletics and Director of Physical Plant. As the men’s basketball head coach, Harris compiled a 242-54 overall record in 13 seasons, took two teams to the NCAA tournament, and remains the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division II history in winning percentage.
Harris is widely credited with elevating men’s basketball to new levels of competitiveness, which did much to raise the University’s profile in the region and beyond. In addition to basketball, Harris also coached the University’s men’s soccer team from 1956 through 1960, registering a 20-13-3 mark. As the Director of Athletics, Harris was instrumental in expanding the University’s intercollegiate programs by joining the NCAA and moving to the Middle Atlantic Division as well as spearheading the addition of tennis courts and a baseball field to campus. He also established the intramurals program, which to this day encourages fitness and fellowship among the entire student body. He was the Coach of the Cricket Club Team and the Table Tennis Team which defeated Harvard for the National Championship.
A lifelong ambassador for the University, Harris succeeded in raising almost one million dollars for the athletic program and established the “Billy Harris Memorial Scholarship”. Harris received his B.A. Business Administration from Gettysburg College and was a graduate of John Bartram High School.