Charles Harral’s teams at Arizona Western have consistently been the standard in the ACCAC, winning the Region 1 Championship the last three years. The Matadors broke through with a District Championship in 2019 and earned a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS.
Winning records have been common under Harral with an overall record as the Matadors Head Coach of 188-71 (.725 winning percentage). In eight seasons under his leadership, Harral’s teams have won four Region Championships and eclipsed the 20-win milestone seven of those years.
The Matadors have also produced five NJCAA All-Americans in that time and multiple All-ACCAC and All-Region I selections annually.
Harral’s winning pedigree furthers the legacy of many of college basketball’s biggest coaching names. His career began as a student manager at Texas Tech, serving two years on NCAA Hall of Famer Bobby Knight’s staff. Harral went on to be a graduate assistant coach under Billy Gillispie and Doc Sadler at the University of Texas-El Paso and was apart of the largest one-year turnaround in NCAA history during the 03-04 season.
Harral became an assistant coach in 2005, at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith helping guide them to the 2006 NJCAA National Championship. Harral moved to South Plains College in 2006 under Steve Green. At South Plains, they captured the National Championship in 2008 before he went back to the NCAA Division I level at Weber State in Utah, where he was a part of 2 Big Sky Regular Season Championship teams.
Harral came to AWC as the lead assistant under Kelly Green in 2010, before taking over as head coach in 2011.