Fran Harris

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Fran Harris
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Personal information
Born (1965-03-12) March 12, 1965 (age 53)
Dallas, Texas
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Career information
High schoolSouth Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)
CollegeTexas (1982–1986)
WNBA draft1997 / Undrafted
Playing career1997–1998
Career history
1997Houston Comets
1998Utah Starzz
Career highlights and awards

Fran Harris (born March 12, 1965 in Dallas, Texas) is an American television personality, sportscaster, and former professional and college basketball player who has won championships in high school, in college, and in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). After not playing competitively for nearly 8 years, she beat out more than 200 athletes to earn a spot in the inaugural season of the WNBA for the Houston Comets. Harris played basketball at The University of Texas, where she captained the team that won the 1986 national championship and led the team to the first ever NCAA undefeated season going 34-0. In 2010, Harris was the host of Home Rules, a transformational television series on HGTV. She’s currently an announcer for the ESPN family of networks, serial entrepreneur and author who’s appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, Oprah’s Radio Network, NPR, The Tavis Smiley Show and numerous other television and radio networks.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Dallas, Texas, Fran 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[1] 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.[2]

Basketball career[edit]

Harris was a player for The University of Texas at Austin[3] 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[4] 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[5] 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.[6]

After college, Harris went to play professional basketball in Italy and Switzerland.[7] 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.[8][9] 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[edit]

Harris hosted the transformational makeover show, Home Rules on HGTV, in which Harris helped redesign the interiors of people's homes.[10]

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.[11]

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.


  1. ^ "Dallas life coach makes 'em sweat on HGTV's 'Home Rules'". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  2. ^ University of Texas at Austin, Fran Harris Profile Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  3. ^ "The University of Texas at Austin". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  4. ^ "National Championship moments: 1986 Women's Basketball". University of Texas. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  5. ^ "USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Team All-Time Roster by Affiliation". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  6. ^ "Tenth World Championship For Women -- 1986". USA Basketball. August 14, 2013. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Texas Longhorns Athletics - 2014-15 Women's Basketball Coaching Staff". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  8. ^, 1997 Houston Comets Statistics Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  9. ^ " Fran Harris: A True Champion". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  10. ^ Home Rules, HGTV, accessed May 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "Former Longhorn Fran Harris finds a new home court on HGTV". Retrieved 2016-05-03.

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