March 12, 1965 |
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|High school||South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)|
|WNBA draft||1997 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Fran Harris (born Match 12, 1965) is a former American basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is currently a business optimization & explosion expert who has a simple mantra: if you want to have an amazing life or career, there’s no room for excuses. Her witty, inspirational and unconventional insights about life and business have made her one of the most sought after corporate speakers and coaches in America. The author of 20 books, she recently hosted “Home Rules”, a life and home renovation show on HGTV, where her candor and insights reached millions of viewers each week.
Fran draws upon her electrifying career as an elite athlete, organizational consultant, sales trainer, TV personality and megapreneur to help individuals and companies create soaring success. A former Procter & Gamble sales executive and teambuilding expert, she knows what it takes to break through old paradigms and habits to become your best because she’s done it in her own life and helped millions do the same.
Her expertise, quick wit and candor have landed her on hundreds of TV and radio shows including The Today Show, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, TLC, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah’s Radio Network and many others. A WNBA & NCAA champion who’s also now an adjunct professor in Advertising, teaching sales, marketing and sports media at her alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, where she’s a play by play announcer for the newly formed Longhorn Network, a $300 million partnership between UT and ESPN. She’s the founder and publisher of Collegepreneur magazine, the world’s first national personal, professional and business publication for college students. She’s the founder of Black Business University and co-founder of the Black Millionaires Summit.
Early life and education
Born in Dallas, Texas, Harris is the fourth of five children; she has three brothers and a sister. She started playing basketball when she was a sophomore at South Oak Cliff High School and played on the on JV and varsity teams her first year. She then helped the team to a 40-0 season and State Championship. She moved on to the University of Texas at Austin where she had a standout basketball career and earned bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in journalism.
Harris was a player for The University of Texas at Austin from 1982 to 1986. She led her team to its first and only NCAA Championship title, to date in 1986 with the first perfect season in women's NCAA history. The team went 34-0. Harris was the leading scorer three years in a row and was the team captain in 1986. She was named to the Southwest Conference All-Decade Team, SWC Player of the Year and was two-time team MVP, selected by teammates. Harris was an outside shooter who finished her career as the University's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,798 points.
Harris played for USA Basketball as part of the 1985 USA National Jones Cup Team that captured Gold for the second year in a row, World Championship Team in 1986 that won Gold, USA Women's Pan American Team in 1987 that won a gold medal in Indianapolis, Indiana and was an Olympic Team Alternate in 1988.
After college, Harris went to play professional basketball in Italy and Switzerland. She later played for two years in the WNBA. In the league's inaugural season, she was a member of the Houston Comets. She started one game for the Comets but played in 25 games coming off he bench, scoring a total of 104 points on the season as the Comets won the first-ever WNBA Championship. The next season, she was a starter for the Utah Starzz. At the end of the season she was waived from the team's roster, and chose to retire and begin her career in broadcasting with TV partner, Lifetime.
Other career activities
Harris hosted the transformational makeover show, Home Rules on HGTV, in which Harris helped redesign the interiors of people's homes.
Harris has been coaching since she was a teenager and has been a fitness advocate since college. Since retiring from the WNBA, Harris has appeared as a fitness and life coach on many television shows. She produced and hosted her own reality show, America's Fitness Show, which aired in Austin, Texas.
In 2011, Harris bested over 15,000 candidates to be named Good Morning America’s Advice Guru Runner-up. That same year, Harris was one of eleven contestants appearing on the NBC competitive reality television series America's Next Great Restaurant, in which aspiring restaurateurs pitch their concepts for a fast casual restaurant chain.
- University of Texas at Austin, Fran Harris Profile Retrieved 2011-03-19.
- "Tenth World Championship For Women -- 1986". USA Basketball. August 14, 2013. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- Basketball-reference.com, 1997 Houston Comets Statistics Retrieved 2011-03-19.
- Home Rules, HGTV, accessed May 7, 2011.