The new coach of the LeMoyne-Owen College men's basketball is Antonio Harris, the now former head coach of Booker T. Washington High School. (Photo: TSD Archives)

Antonio Harris has resigned as coach of the Booker T. Washington High School Warriors to become the head basketball coach of the LeMoyne-Owen College Magicians.

Harris takes over after the departure of retired NBA veteran Bonzi Wells, who spent the last two seasons as the Magicians’ head coach before leaving to take an assistant coaching job with his former NBA teammate Damon Stoudamire.

Harris took over as the Warriors’ head coach in 2013 after the retirement of long-time BTW head basketball coach Fred Horton.

Harris played basketball for two years (1997-1999) at the University of Tennessee before picking up his college playing career at LeMoyne-Owen (1997-1999.)

The Magicians are expecting a good recruiting class this season. Upon Wells’ departure, Athletic Director William Anderson said the class would be left in the capable hands of assistant coaches Wade Evans and Jerel Jernigan.

Harris and the LeMoyne-Owen staff will have to hit the ground running. Fall workouts begin in the next several weeks.

The Magicians will start their season with an exhibition game against the University of Memphis on November 2 at FedExForum.