Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach
Chris Reisman is heading into his 12th season as the associate head coach for the Tarleton State Texan Basketball program and his 17th season overall as a coach for the Texans.
Reisman is the director of recruiting, scouting, academic counseling and individual development in addition to on-the-floor coaching and assisting in the day-to-day operations.
“Chris continues to do a great job for this program,” said Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman about his son. “We have made some changes in the last few years, and he has been instrumental to those changes and this program. He is a very detailed individual and a perfectionist. He leaves no stone unturned.”
Reisman, who completed a four-year playing career for the Texans in 2001, has helped the team to a 461-189 (70.9 percent) record in his 20 years with the program as a player and a coach.
“Chris was a great player, but he is an even better coach,” said the elder Reisman. “He has the respect of the players because of the hard work he puts in. He takes great pride in game preparation, and he is strong in the areas of time management and organization.”
As a coach alone, Reisman has helped direct a 395-113 (77.7 percent) record his first 16 years on the coaching staff. Moreover, the Texans competed in five straight NCAA Tournaments (2002-06) and have won a Lone Star Conference record four South Central regional tournaments, including back-to-back Elite Eights in 2005 and 2006 and 2015 and 2016. Tarleton reached the Final Four in 2005 and 2015. In addition to being a part of all 14 of Tarleton’s NCAA playoff berths, Chris has helped develop six DII All-Americans in Danny Jones, Tim Burnette, David Stephens, John Davis, Chuck Guy and Romond Jenkins.
From 2010-12, Tarleton stifled opposing offenses and was recognized as the No. 1 defense in the nation in back-to-back seasons, including the Division I, III and Junior College levels, an honor that the younger Reisman is proud of. Tarleton added its third statistical championship of the Chris Reisman coaching era in 2013-14 when the Texans topped the nation in scoring margin.
The son of head coach Lonn Reisman, Chris started 34 games in his last two seasons and finished his career ranked sixth on Tarleton’s all-time assists chart with 281. Reisman led the LSC as a senior in 2001 with 6.08 assists and topped the league as a junior in 2000 with a 2.33 assist-to-turnover ratio. He played in all 29 games as a sophomore in 1999, helping the Texans to the Lone Star Conference championship game.
Reisman served on the LSC Commissioners Honor Roll as well as the secretary of the Tarleton established “Athletes Committed to Education” (ACE) organization. For three years, Reisman served on the Student Athletic Advisory Council at Tarleton.
Born in Jonesboro, Ark., Chris graduated from Stephenville High School in 1997. He was a three-year basketball letterman for the Yellow Jackets, earning first team all-district and all-region honors. He led his senior team to the area finals, the furthest it had been in over 30 years.
Reisman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in animal biology from Tarleton in May 2002, completed a master’s degree in physical education in the spring of 2004. Reisman currently serves as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as well as the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC).
Chris lives in Stephenville with his son, Rush.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Chris Harrell is now in his sixth season on the bench as a coach for the Texans, but in his third season as a full-time assistant after spending his first two as a graduate assistant.
Harrell's first season as an assistant coach was a memorable one as the former Texan guard helped coach his alma mater to one of its greatest seasons in history. Tarleton recorded its first 30-win season on its way to an LSC and South Central Regional Championship and its second trip to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals, making Tarleton the only school from the state of Texas to reach the Division II Final Four more than once. The Texans have made the NCAA tournament every year that Harrell has been on the coaching staff.
In his two seasons as a graduate assistant coach, the Texans were 48-13 with Harrell on the bench and in the five years Harrell has been a part of the Texan Basketball program, Tarleton State has topped 20 wins in all of them.
Harrell, who is no stranger to Lonn Reisman’s style of play, had a three-year playing career with the Texans from 2009-12. Tarleton went 75-20 in the three seasons that Harrell was a part of the team and during that time, the Texans earned three Lone Star Conference Championship berths and made three South Central Regional Championship appearances.
Harrell was inspirational in the Texans winning the LSC regular-season championship in 2011-12, earning second team All-LSC honors after being second leading scorer averaging 12.5 points a game his senior season. Harrell scored a career high with 28 points against UCO. He made a team-high 55 three-pointers on the year, averaging 4.2 boards a game and was second on the squad with 40 steals and scored 411 points.
Before coming to Tarleton, Harrell had a great high school career at Elgin High School where he was a four-time letter winner and named newcomer of the year as a freshman. Harrell was first team all-district as a sophomore, junior, and senior... Second team All-Central Texas as a junior.. First team his senior year... Also he was named first team All-State as a senior... Named TABC all-star as a senior... Led team in scoring each of his last three seasons... Had a career high 50 points in one game as a sophomore... Averaged 22 points per game as a senior.
Harrell is the Son of Gloria Taylor and Bobby Harrell Jr. Has three siblings, Justin, Bobby III, And Jermaine... Received his Bachelorette Degree in Criminal Justice and Master Degree in Kinesiology.
Harrell, who currently resides in Stephenville with his daughter Mya, will work in all aspects of the team, with a primary emphasis in individual development, recruiting and scouting.
Associate Men's Basketball Coach
The Tarleton men’s basketball team has added veteran coach Rodney “Mac” McConnell to its coaching staff as an assistant coach.
McConnell has plenty of experience with Tarleton as a player and coach. Mac, as players and coaches call him, played for the Texans from 1998-00 and then transitioned into coaching as a graduate assistant in 2001-02. He became a full-time assistant for Tarleton from 2004-05 when the Texans made their first trip to the Final Four.
“Rodney brings a lot of experience with him and he’s a tremendous recruiter,” said head coach Lonn Reisman. “He played for me, was a graduate assistant, and a full-time assistant for me so he understands the tradition and expectations we have here at Tarleton. We’re excited to have him return to his alma mater and be a part of our basketball program.”
McConnell has made several coaching stops along the way before his return to Tarleton. McConnell was most recently the associate head coach at Wiley College for two seasons where he guided his team to the NAIA national tournament with a 25-10 record behind seven wins over ranked NAIA teams.
Prior to Wiley College, McConnell was the head coach of East Central University from 2011-13. McConnell’s first head coaching job came at Ranger College from 2007-11. He coached Ranger to two consecutive 20-win seasons, including a 24-10 record in 2009-10.
McConnell was also an assistant coach for Angelo State, McNeese State, University of Montana and Hill College. McConnell has recruited or assisted in player development with 12 former players that went on to play professionally, including former Texan Corin Henry. In addition to coaching basketball, McConnell is also a certified personal trainer, where he worked at Anytime Fitness for three years training high school, college and professional athletes.
McConnell earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton. McConnell is from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and now resides in Stephenville.