Harris walked past and then started walking up the bleachers, and before I knew it, I heard, "Hi, Steve, how are you?" I couldn't believe it. Harris was sitting next to me. We spent about 10 minutes together. Here was this great coach, about to be on the grand stage of high school basketball, and he was taking time to sit with me. He was so calm, confident and caring.
I thought back to all those summers he let me spend with Wooden and how Wooden used to say, "A coach's most important work happens in practice. I should be able to sit up in the bleachers during games, and if I did my job, my players should know what to do." Harris had truly mastered the art of coaching.
It was a blowout. The Ocean View Seahawks were victorious once again. As I watched Harris hoist up the CIF championship plaque and saw his players look up to him with awe, I wished they could have witnessed their coach's kindness before the game, for it was there that Harris showed me what a champion looks like.