Gary Harrell joined the Owls coaching staff in January of 2017 and will focus his attention with the wide receivers.
His alma matter came knocking on his door and asked the Miami native to return to the program, but as the head coach in 2011. All told, Harrell served as Howard University’s head coach for five seasons. During his Howard tenure student-athletes worked under the premise that athletics and academics were evaluated equally. In 2012 he was honored by the D.C. Touchdown Club as the Local College Coach of the Year at its inaugural awards dinner.
At Bowie State
Before coming to Howard, Harrell spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Bowie State, from 2009-10.
At Morgan State
Harrell began at Morgan State in 2008 where he remained through 2009 before seizing the opportunity to move from a position coach with the Rattlers to an offensive coordinator position at Bowie State. He was a part of a team that finished 6-6 in 2008 and 6-5 in 2009. While at Morgan State he also served as the wide receivers coach for Team Michigan, a member of the All-American Football League (Feb. 2008 - May 2008).
At Florida A&M
Harrell returned to the east coast as an assistant coach in 2006. His two-year stint was made easier due to his familiarity with the MEAC.
At Texas Southern
Harrell moved away from his alma mater to gain collegiate coaching experience in another environment. He served as a Texas Southern assistant coach, for wide receivers, from 2004-06.
He returned to his alma mater to gain his first collegiate coaching experience. He focused his attention on Howard’s wide receivers from 2002-04. Howard posted a 6-5 record in 2002, a 4-7 mark in 2003 and a 6-5 mark in 2004, including splitting two overtime games.
Professional Playing Career
Harrell, affectionately known as “The Flea,” played two NFL seasons, seeing action in four games in 1994 and '95, with the New York Giants. He also played one season (March 1996-June 1996) for the World League’s Frankfurt Galaxy and two seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes (1996-97).
Collegiate Playing Career
Harrell was a four-year letter winner as a wide receiver and punt return specialist. He started every game for Howard’s undefeated 1993 team and was a member of the MEAC Championship team that same season. Harrell holds the Howard record for most receptions in a game (13) and in a career (184). He was inducted into the Howard University Hall of Fame in November 2005, and also received a proclamation from the City of Miami declaring it Gary “Flea” Harrell Day. Prior to attending Howard, he was a varsity athlete for Miami’s Northwestern High School.
Born: January 23, 1972
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Education: Howard with a degree in marketing ‘94
Family: Tenika (wife), Jasmine (daughter) and Gary, Jr. who is a member of the Howard football team.
2017 – Florida Atlantic (Assistant Coach/WR)
2014-16 – Howard University (Head Coach)
2013 – Sabbatical from Howard
2011-12 – Howard University (Head Coach)
2009-10 – Bowie State (Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator)
2008-09 – Morgan State (Assistant Coach/QB)
2006-08 – Florida A&M (Assistant Coach/WR)
2004-06 – Texas Southern (Assistant Coach/WR)
2002-04 – Howard University (Assistant Coach/WR)
Harrell’s Head Coaching Record
Howard - 2016, 2-9
Howard - 2015, 1-10
Howard - 2014, 5-7
Howard - 2012, 7-4
Howard - 2011, 5-6
Total (5 Seasons): 20-36