Former Folsom coach proud to be in Sacramento Area Coaches Hall of FameBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Stan Harms coached basketball at Folsom High for 12 years, leading the team to a state title in 1985 and Sac-Joaquin Section titles in 1990 and 1995.
It’s those accomplishments that landed Harms, 75, in the Sacramento Area Coaches Hall of Fame, where he was inducted at a ceremony held last October.
Harms, who’s lived in Loomis for 40 years, still regularly attends basketball games, getting to several Folsom High games a season, as well as catching other teams in the area.
When asked about the honor of being inducted in the hall of fame, Harms was humble.
“I guess I got in because I won a state title and a couple section titles,” Harms said. “It’s an honor to be in it. There a lot of great people in there. Of the people that I know in it, they are all men of great character.”
Harms began teaching math and science at Folsom High in 1978 and coached the junior varsity boys’ basketball team the following year. Despite the fact that his friends and colleagues told him that he yelled too much, Harms earned the varsity coaching position in 1982. In his 12 years of leading the varsity team, Harms has plenty of memories and stories about games and teams.
“It’s always about getting better,” Harms said. “One year we played in the Del Oro Tournament and lost every game by 20 points and should have lost by more. By the end of the year, we only lost to Oak Ridge by two points and Oak Ridge went on to win a playoff game that year. It was really rewarding.”
The highlight of Harms’ coaching career came in his third season as varsity coach, when the Bulldogs won the Division III state title in 1985. He vividly remembers that team well, as well as the run to the state title.
“I tried to make every player as good as he could be for himself and for the team,” Harms said. “That team played very well together. They didn’t do that dribble drive BS you see today.”
Todd Bragonier, a 1996 graduate of Folsom High and member of Harms’ last team, the Division III section championship team of 1994-95, has fond memories of his coach of three years.
“He was a great teacher and mentor,” said Bragonier, now 34. “He taught me a lot about basketball, as he was very into X’s and O’s, but I also learned off-the-court stuff too.”
Bragonier said Harms was well prepared and thorough, passing out hand-written scouting reports on the opposing team and the moves favored by the players. Bragonier didn’t know Harms was inducted into the hall of fame, though he just saw him a few weeks ago.
“He never mentioned it to me,” Bragonier said, “but I’m not surprised. He’s a great guy.”