South Carolina State football assistant Gerald Harrison is one of two people scheduled to be inducted into the Darlington High School (DHS) Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Also scheduled for induction is Ms. Jazma “Jazz” Green, a 2011 multi-sport graduate of Darlington High.
The enshrinement will take place at halftime of the boys’ home varsity basketball game between Darlington and rival Hartsville High School.
Coach Harrison, a Darlington native, became Darlington High’s first head varsity football coach when the two Darlington high schools – Mayo High and St. John’s High – merged in 1995. At the time, he was varsity head coach at Mayo.
In his second year at DHS, he guided the Falcons to the 1996 AAAA Division II State Championship game with a win over Dutch Fork High in the Lower State title contest. Harrison served eight seasons at DHS head coach before accepting before becoming an assistant at SC State, his alma mater, under current head coach Buddy Pough in 2005.
He recently completed his 16th season as a member of the Bulldog football staff where he served as an offensive assistant (running backs) before switching to the defense in 2006 as a defensive line assistant. The SC State alumnus also served as the director of football operations and pro liaison for the Bulldogs.
When Harrison joined the SC State staff, he brought a wealth of experience and football knowledge to Orangeburg following a successful 28-year high school coaching career in which he was highly regarded by coaches throughout the state of South Carolina.
In addition to six seasons as the head coach at Darlington High School, he also served coaching stints at Mayo High and St. Stephen High in St. Stephen, S.C.
Harrison earned a bachelor’s at SC State in 1974, and also holds a master’s from the institution. He and his wife, Dr. Valerie Harrison, are the proud parents of two children – son Gerald Jr. and daughter Gerrin.