2009 All Star Coach East
1st Assistant Andre Harlan
Frederick Douglass High School
Andre Harlan lived in Detroit for 36 years and attended Detroit Publics. Andre graduated from Detroit Murray-Wright HS in 1990. He graduated from Olivet College in 1995 getting a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education. At Olivet Andre started at wide-receiver for three years and was named All MIAA, and led the league in all purpose yards. In 1991 he played on the MIAA championship team. In 2008 Andre received his Master of Arts in teaching from Ashford University.
Andre started his coaching career at Murray-Wright, under head coach and mentor, Earl Moore in 1995. In 1997, under head coach Tony Blankenship, he became the offensive coordinator. In 2001 he helped send the Pilots to the PSL championship game. In 2002 he was named head coach. In 2002 the Pilots were Division Champions and returned to the PSL championship game. They won the Division Championship again in 2003. Coach Harlan also won the first PSL Championship and the first District Championship in Murray-Wright history in 2005. The Pilots appeared in the State Playoffs three out of five years. Coach Harlan won All City Coach of the Year in 2005. He won MHSFCA Regional Coach of the Year in 02, 03, and 05. When Murray-Wright closed in June 2007 Coach Harlan became head coach at Detroit Douglass, where in 2007 he lead the school to their first city and state playoff appearances in the school’s 12 year history. Coach Harlan was named coach of the week by the Detroit Lions in 2007.
Andre has taught at Spain Middle School for 14 years. Andre and his wife, Malikah, have two children, Andre who’s 9 and India who’s 5. Andre said, “I am blessed, thankful and honored to be working with some of the best athletes in the State of Michigan.” He said, “This is one of the proudest moments in my coaching career, and I thank members of the MHSFCA.”