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Charlie Harbison Named Receivers Coach at Alabama


Tuesday, May 27, 2003

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama head coach Mike Shula announced the return of Charlie Harbison, 43, to the Crimson Tide coaching staff as Bama's new wide receivers coach.

Harbison, who guided the Tide's defensive backs from 1998-2000, comes back to Alabama following two seasons as the defensive back coach at LSU. With Harbison's addition, Shula now has a complete staff for the upcoming season. Harbison's hiring also shifted some current staffers responsibilities with Sparky Woods taking over the running backs and Dave Ungerer adding tight ends to his special teams duties.

"We have put a lot of time and research into our coaching staff," said Shula, "And looked at many, many candidates. I'm glad to have my staff together. I feel very good about our future. This will be a staff that works well together."

While at LSU, Harbison helped mold the Tiger's defensive backfield into one of the national and SEC leaders in pass defense and was a member of the 2001 SEC Championship coaching staff.

During his first stint with the Crimson Tide, Harbison's charges were consistently around the top of the SEC in pass defense and played a key part in the Alabama's 1999 SEC Championship run. Former Tide defensive back and first-round NFL selection Fernando Bryant was one of Harbison's pupils in the Bama secondary.

Prior to his first stop at Alabama, Harbison served as the defensive backs coach for Clemson for three seasons (1995-97). He also coached defensive backs at UTEP in 1994 and served a pair of stints with his alma mater, Gardner Webb, coaching wide receivers (1992-93) and defensive backs (1984-85).

In addition to his collegiate coaching experiences, Harbison spent time coaching in both the Arena Football League and the World League of American Football. His professional football coaching stays included serving as the defensive coordinator for the Charlotte Rage in 1993-94. Harbison's coaching career began as the linebackers coach for East Lincoln (N.C.) High School.

A native of Shelby, N.C., Harbison graduated from Gardner Webb College with a business administration degree in 1982. A two-sport star in football and track at Gardner Webb, he was a free agent signee for the Buffalo Bills following his senior season. His professional playing career included stops with the USFL's Boston Breakers (1983) and New Orleans Breakers (1984) and concluded with a two seasons with the Bills.

Harbison was born on October 27, 1959. He and his wife, Gloria, who passed away earlier this year after battling cancer, have four children - Charlie, Stedman, Masai and Meiba.