By Joanna Chadwick
Heights has hired assistant Terry Harrison as its football coach, replacing Rick Wheeler, who resigned on Nov. 9.
Harrison, 29, spent a year as a Heights assistant and was an assistant at Valley Center for six years. The native Texan played football at Sterling College.
“I don’t know if this was the plan when I came to work for Coach Wheeler,” Harrison said. “It’s definitely exciting, with the kids we have here and the kids we are bringing back.”
Harrison replaces Wheeler, who turned Heights into one of the state’s top programs. Heights played in three straight Class 6A titles, winning in 2010 with a 13-0 record. Under Wheeler, Heights was 110-37 in 14 seasons. Before Wheeler, who is still the athletic director, Heights had two winning seasons.
“The culture at Heights is so good, among the coaches, among the programs,” Harrison said. “Everybody’s on the same page. And the kids, we have tough kids who are hard-working kids and they expect to win and they are great leaders…. I have high expectations and Coach Wheeler has high expectations for me.”