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Wayne State Basketball

Tuesday, 8 May, 2007 12:26 PM

Profile: WSU Basketball Coach E.J. Haralson

By Nicole Roland
bb2338@wayne.edu

A Wayne State University men’s basketball coach speaks out on the team’s strengths and weaknesses while also recalling his own experiences as a star point guard for Detroit’s most successful basketball squads.

As a graduate of Finney High School and the starting point guard at the University of Detroit Mercy for two years, Assistant Coach E.J. Haralson knows all about the physical and mental struggles that a young man faces while playing basketball at the high school and collegiate levels. He attributes his incentives for becoming a coach to these experiences.

“I became a coach because I still loved the sport,” said Haralson. “I also remember being young and looking up to my coaches as role models. I wanted to have that same relationship with my players.

The Warriors completed last season with a 15-14 record, making it all the way to the GLIAC Quarterfinals before losing to Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Concluding his fourth season with the team, Haralson admits that he definitely expected more and describes the team’s overall effort last season as a “C+.”

This season was definitely a learning experience for the team,” he commented. “The boys definitely work hard and play hard, but they could have cooperated better together as a team. We were at a disadvantage because the team was undersized and were unable to play big defense because of it. If we were playing a squad with big guys, we just tried to step it up. The biggest highlight of the season was that we were able to play some of our freshmen.”

Haralson also describes last season as a huge growing experience for himself saying that although he isn’t going to change any of his coaching techniques next season, he hopes to be more thorough in what he is trying to teach the team. He hopes that next season’s players will be more mature and also be able to better understand defensive techniques. Ultimately, he thinks that the team will work more as a unit.

When asked if the team was searching for new talent, Haralson enthusiastically replied in the affirmative. “We’re always looking for new guys on this level especially ones with some height and ball-handling abilities. Come try out!

Haralson has received the Detroit Public School Coach of the Year Award and also the FHS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2002. He has also taught in the Detroit Public School system. Haralson is married to Tonya Smoot, a former basketball player at Miami University and has an eight-year-old son, E.J. Lejuan.


 

 

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