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Ollie Harris

Football ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

Ollie Harris introduced basketball to the South American nation of Chile, although he was best known for his prowess in football, having played fullback at New Brighton High, the University of Pittsburgh, and Geneva College, and coached at Temple University in Philadelphia. Ollie starred in football at New Brighton High from 1919 to 1921, earning All County honors, then played one season at Pitt under Coach Pop Warner and another for Coach Jock Sutherland where he shared fullback duties with All American Andy Gustafson. Ollie left Pitt to play at Geneva College under Coach Bo McMillin on the famous 1926 team that upset Harvard 16-7 and lost a 6-0 thriller to Cornell. After Geneva, Ollie moved to Temple to study podiatry and serve as a football assistant to Coach Bert Bell. During World War II, Ollie was a physical instructor for the Air Corps flight trainees. He went to Chile as a military attaché and introduced basketball to the country, a service that earned him the Chilean Commendation Medal. Ollie and died in 1971 at age 68.