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THE LEGEND RETURNS: Tim "Ice" Harris, Sr. is back at Miami Booker T. Washington
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Wed, Feb 16, 2022 4:16 PM
(MIAMI/OVERTOWN) -- Legendary Head Coach Tim Ice Harris is back at the helm of the program that he molded into one of the states premier powerhouses, Miami Booker T. Washington.

Miami Booker T. Washington Head Coach Tim "Ice" Harris, Sr. coaches his team during the 2013 State Championship win in Orlando's Camping World Stadium. [PHOTO CREDIT: B. Jackson, Florida Gridiron]

"Ice" Harris was named new Head Football Coach of the Miami Booker T. Washington Tornadoes Wednesday at the high school campus in Overtown. This will mark Harris' fourth time coaching the program throughout his historical championship career as a football coach.


Tim Harris first began coaching the Miami Booker T. Washington Tornadoes in 2003. It would only take 4 short years to transform one of Miami's inner-city teams from Overtown to state prominence as one of the premier programs... notice we said programs. With star players like Davon Johnson, Thearon Collier, and the coach's son Brandon Harris leading the 2007 Tornadoes', Ice Harris would coach his team to a perfect 14-0 season while claiming his first state title beating Ponte Vedra Nease Panthers 23-15. This was the start of something special as Harris delivered the 1st State Football Championship to the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes... and it also highlighted the domination of football talent hailing from a section of Miami in which two teams from the inner city both went undefeated with Liberty City's Miami Northwestern going 15-0 ultimately being crowned national champ.

After winning the state's pinnacle achievement, Harris would go on to lend his coaching talents to the University of Miami. Harris had claimed the state pinnacle as a head coach, and his All-American son Brandon Harris, a two-way star who was rated as the 3rd best CB in the country, decided to stay home and follow in the footstep of his bigger brother Tim Harris by signing with The University of Miami. It was a perfect time to lend his talents to the collegiate level and join the UM staff as assistant to the Head Coach. Brandon would go on to excel as a Hurricane, earning All-ACC honors as a sophomore, and All-ACC and Third-Team AP All-American as a junior. Brandon would enter the draft forgoing his senior year, and was selected in the 2nd round by the Houston Texans in the 2011 NFL Draft.

After three seasons with The U from 2008-2010, Harris would return back to Booker T. Washington to finish the mission he started. Within his 1st year back as the Head Ball Coach, he would lead his team right back to the State Final game in 2011. His Tornadoes would play a good game, but ultimately North Florida powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles would win the State Championship 33-25 over Miami BTW. This game was a slight defeat for the Tornadoes, but a monumental turning point from which Miami Booker T. Washington would once again announce themselves as the de facto class 4A state contender vs. Jacksonville Bolles in a consecutive tetralogy of State Championship Finals. Bolles was the Big Dog in the State of Florida, with the most football state championships in Florida history at the time with 11.* This win by Bolles in the 2011 state title over BTW would mark the last state title victory for the Bulldogs.

BTW would go to become THE dominant team in the State in Class 4A. Coach Ice Harris' 2012 and 2013 were dominant, thrashing Jacksonville Bolles 35-7 and 40-21 to conquer back-to-back State titles for Miami Booker T. Washington. Booker T's 2013 State Championship team may go down as one of Florida's BEST teams EVER to play on Florida's gridiron, being named mythical national champs. Led by Coach Ice Harris' son QB Treon Harris behind the wheel, Miami BTW engineered one of the most impressive feats, 26 straight wins. Dual Threat QB Treon Harris was both great on the ground and highly capable in the air, as his F5 Tornadoes were unstoppable. Check out a few tweets from back during Treon's playing days:

Coach Ice Harris would leave the program in good hands with his son Tim Harris, Jr., who was a star athlete at Booker T. Washington. With Harris, Jr. as BTW's new Head Coach, he continued where his pops left off, taking BTW back to the promised land where F5 became THREE-PEAT State Champions by beating Bolles with a resounding 54-21 victory.

Florida Memorial returned back to playing college football after 61 years. And Ice Harris had the honor to welcome FloMo back to collegiate football action as their newly selected Head Coach. You see, Ice is a maker of Men.... He did it on the high school level, and definitely could do it on the collegiate level. Harris compiled an all-star cast of assistant coaches, many of who found good success on the high school level. As with any program, especially one that was dormant for more than half a century, it takes time to build from the ground up... even if your campus is located in the fertile epicenter of the nation's elite high school talent.

With the new 2022 football season approaching, Harris' F5 team faces a monumental change in Florida's landscape of high school football. Teams within Florida's 8 most population-dense counties will be grouped into the Metro Classification. Which will probably mean that Booker T., which has historically been in the lower classifications of the original 8 tier system, will now play against many schools that were previously in a higher classification.

Coach Ice has seen many levels of success through his time with Miami Booker T. Washington. And not only from the players who he helped to many different next levels... but also on a grand familial level. Coach Harris is responsible for 3 State Championship wins at Booker T., ... and his Sons Tim Jr., Brandon, and Treon have played a Huge part in the success and building of the F5 dynastical powerhouse. His older son, Tim Harris Jr. was an All-American track and multisport athlete at Miami Booker T., eventually going on to become an All-American and 400M champion in track at the University of Miami. Harris, Jr. would also come back to his alma mater and win state championships under his father Ice as an assistant, and ultimately when given the helm as Head Coach would lead his team to not only state championship dominance, but a good pounding 34-28 win over Utah's Bingham HS in the national GEICO BOWL SERIES in Boca Raton after the 2014 season.

Miami Booker T. Washington is home for Coach Ice Harris. He has molded many former players into great citizens in their communities. His ability to use the game of football to teach young players the correlations of life has transformed young men into leaders. Home is where the heart is. And Coach Ice Harris is home... ready to lead F5 BACK TO THE PROMISED LAND.



2013 4A - WIN
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON beat The Bolles School 40-21

2012 4A - WIN
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON beat The Bolles School 35-7

2011 4A - LOSS
THE BOLLES SCHOOL beat Booker T. Washington 33-25

2007 4A - WIN
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON beat Nease 23-15

Tim "Ice" Harris' Coaching Profile

Miami Booker T. Washington football Team Hub


Harris' return marks another head coach headed back to the Florida high school coaching ranks. Head Coach Rick Darlington, who won state championship titles in at Apopka and then headed to coach Enterprise HS (Alabama) football, has returned to Florida and will lead the DeLand Bulldogs for the upcoming 2022 season.






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