Men's Basketball | 04/28/2021

Harral Resigns as Matador Basketball Head Coach

YUMA, Ariz. – After 10 seasons that resulted in 216 wins, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Charles Harral is resigning his position to pursue other opportunities, effective June 3rd, 2021.

He will announce his future plans at a later date.

Harral’s resume in Yuma includes 4 Region I Championships, an ACCAC title, and an NJCAA National Tournament appearance.

Harral is third all-time in the Matador record books for wins, next to predecessors Kelly Green and Jim Amick and has furthered the national presence of Arizona Western Basketball for a full decade.

“Charles has been an integral part of not only our basketball program but our athletic department as a whole,” said Athletic Director Jerry Smith. “Charles is a tremendous leader, teacher, and person and I know he’s going to have continued success moving forward.”

Under Harral, Arizona Western has appeared in the Region I Championship game eight times, winning the Region four times with one District Championship resulting in a 2019 trip to Hutchinson for the NJCAA National Tournament.

The Matadors averaged 21 wins per season, always finished with a winning record, and made the playoffs every year that Harral was in Yuma.

Harral exits having led the Matadors to the Region I Final in five consecutive seasons.

His first Region I Championship came in the 2012 playoffs, his first season at the helm. The Matadors made the Region I Finals in each of the next two seasons.

Arizona Western captured their first ACCAC Championship under Harral in 2016-2017 while securing a second Region I Championship and matching the 26-7 record of Harral’s first AWC squad.

The Matadors won the Region again the following year, 2017-2018, and finally broke through the District Championship Game in the spring of 2019, beating Snow College in Yuma to advance to the NJCAA National Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas.

“The success that Charles has had not only on the court, but with students in the classroom is exactly what we look for in a coach,” Smith continued. “He has been such a valuable member of our community.”

In the past ten years, AWC Men’s Basketball has produced 5 NJCAA All-Americans with Harral on the bench.

Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.

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