Play-by-Play Announcer, Longhorn Network
From 1994 to 2001, Fran Harris served as a sideline reporter, studio analyst and game analyst for women’s and men’s basketball for ESPN. She returned to ESPN in 2011 as women’s college basketball analyst and play-by-play announcer for the Longhorn Network.
Between ESPN stints, Harris began hosting a series on HGTV. She has appeared as a business, marketing, life and fitness coach on Good Morning America, The Today Show, TLC, CNN, CNBC, FOX, Style and many others. She has also coached and consulted with universities, and college and professional sports teams on team building, social media, marketing & leadership.
Harris boasts a diverse playing and coaching career, having played internationally in Switzerland and Italy, on Texas’ 1986′ 34-0 NCAA Championship team and the Houston Comets’ first WNBA Championship team in 1997. An alternate on the 1988 Olympic Team, Harris also was a USA National team veteran, winning gold medals at the 1987 Pan Am Games, the 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1986 World Championships.
For the past 15 years she’s coached at a variety of levels–from the University of Texas at Austin, to head girls basketball coach at St. Stephen’s School and as head of the Texas Hustle Basketball organization, which has mentored, trained and coached more than 3,200 student athletes since 2009.
Harris earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Texas, where she played from 1982-86. She led Texas to its first ever and only NCAA Championship in 1986, finishing seventh on the all-time women’s scorer’s list with 1,798 points. In 2007, she was inducted into UT’s Hall of Honor, and teaches in the Advertising department at Texas.
A 1986 graduate, Harris earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Harris lives in Austin where she leads her media, marketing and technology company, Fran Harris Enterprises, LLC.