Two College Coaches with Bedford Roots Take Part in Major Hoops Tourney

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Coaches Jason Harris and Terrence Favors ~ Courtesy images (c) all rights reserved

Two Bedford High School alumni now coaching men’s college teams in Boston are serving as assistant coaches in the 2022 edition of The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a 64-team annual national event that offers a $1 million prize to the winner.

Jason Harris, head coach at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is an assistant coach on the TBT entry called We Are D3, competing in the Wichita, KS bracket. Terrence Favors, assistant coach at Emmanuel College, is an assistant coach for YGC (Your Game Changer), the team backed by Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart. YGC is playing at Rucker Park in Harlem, NY.

TBT is an open-application, single-elimination summer tournament in its ninth year. The event models itself after the NCAA tournament with different regional locations hosting rounds in late July and early August.

Harris played football and basketball at Bedford High, graduating in 2001, and was a three-year basketball captain at Rhode Island College. He coached at Plymouth State College and Long Island University, Brooklyn, before taking over the UMass Boston men’s program in 2015 as only the second coach in the school’s history.

Favors was a four-year varsity basketball player at BHS, Class of 2008, and is a member of the BHS Sports Hall of Fame. He is the all-time assists leader and third-highest career scorer for Becker College and played professionally in South America and Mexico. Next season will be his second as a coach at Emmanuel.

Everyone involved in the We Are D3 team has a connection to NCAA Division III, including Harris and the other coaches. “As a former D3 athlete and current D3 head coach, I am excited to get to work and hope that I can bring value to the organization and look forward to serving the game.” Harris said in a release from UMass Boston.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to not only do what I love but also get some more people in the door at Emmanuel,” Favors said in an Emmanuel College announcement. “The guys have loved practicing on campus and the entire YGC organization is super appreciative to have access to the incredible EC facilities.”

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763


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