“Harassing Harry,” as a famed sportswriter once called him, will never be forgotten for his outstanding play at quarterback and his spectacular game-ending touchdown pass to end Eki Espinda against St. Louis in 1953, which won for Punahou its first football championship in 29 years.
This article appears as originally published in the Summer 1982 issue of the Punahou Bulletin.
Interestingly, Harry entered Punahou as a basketball prospect but it wasn’t long before Punahou realized it had an outstanding all-around athlete on its hands. This was demonstrated by the nine letters he won in football, basketball and baseball. In football, he again led Punahou to the league championship in 1954 and won All-Star First Team honors in both his junior and senior years plus the distinction of being the ILH’s best passer. A basketball standout, he was on the varsity squad for four years, again winning All-Star First Team honors in his junior and senior years. After a year of JV baseball he played second base for the varsity in his sophomore through senior years.
Playing for Washington’s Wenatchee JC for two years under famed coach Don Coryell, Harry won All-Conference Football honors in his second year as a defensive back and was elected both years as a member of the All-Conference Basketball squad. Returning to the University of Hawaii in 1958, he spent the last two years of his college career as a first stringer on the varsity basketball squad.
Following graduation from the university, Harry joined the staff of Farrington High School where he has just completed 22 years of coaching football. In his Farrington career he also has coached volleyball, track, cross-country and wrestling. At one point in his career with Farrington, he coached five different sports in one year.
He presently is the varsity basketball coach at Farrington, where he took last year’s team to the Eastern Division playoffs. He hopes to improve that record this year!