|Born||Mark Simon Harrison|
December 11, 1960
|Employer||Highlanders Football Club|
|Known for||Former CAPS United Football Club coach|
|Predecessor||Hendrik Pieter de Jongh|
Mark Harrison is the current coach for Highlanders Football Club and a former Caps United Football Club coach. Harrison would serve as the "Green Machine's" gaffer for a little under 5 months, from January 2015 to June 2015 and would throw in the towel citing that the financial challenges that the club went through had taken its toll on him and his family.
Harrison started his football career in England where he turned out for Port Vale, making 70 appearances for the club. He was eventually transferred in a deal that sent him to Stoke City where he played his debut match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. After making his debut at Old Trafford, he only managed another six appearances before injuries derailed his career. In South Africa Harrison was also at one point voted South African Goalkeeper of the year.
Harrison has coached several teams on the continent which include the like of Mpumlanga Black Aces, Chippa United, African Warriors and Bay Stars. At Mpumalanga, he initially started as an assistant before being promoted as head coach halfway through the season and took over for the remainder of the season after which he departed. Most of Harrison's coaching career in Africa has been in the South African league. He was also once in charge of Bay United by left the club to join Chippa United.April 2013 he also took charge of Chippa United and never lost a game during that period but saw his team relegated before resigning at the end of the 2012-2013 season. He was also put in charge of Golden Arrows. He is said to have returned to England for a while where he worked as goalkeepers coach for Bristol City and Everton. Having impressed, he was offered a contract by Oxford United where he had his longest coaching stint as an assistant. In Zimbabwe Harrison had coaching stints with CAPS United Football Club and Harare City Football Club.
Mark Harrison holds a UEFA Class A coaching licence
Clubs coached by Harrison
- 1994 – 1995 Stafford Rangers
- 2000 – 2001 Bangladesh National team
- 2001 – 2002 Fortune FC (South Africa)
- 2002 – 2003 Hurriya (Maldives)
- 2010 – 2011 Mpumalanga Black Aces (South Africa)
- 2011 – 2012 African Warriors (South Africa)
- 2012 – 2013 Bay Stars (South Africa)
- 2013 Chippa United (South Africa)
- 2013–2014 Golden Arrows (South Africa)
- 2014 Black Leopards (South Africa)
- Jan - Jun 2015 CAPS United (Zimbabwe)
- Jun 2015 - 2017 Township Rollers (Botswana)
- 2018 to 2019 Harare City Football Club
Tenure at CAPS United
In January 2015, CAPS United would announce that Mark Harrison would be joining them as their head coach on a 3 year contract. It would take a month for him to process a work permit and see him only joining the club in February 2015. He would vow never to coach in Zimbabwe again.
A bumpy ride would pursue as CAPS would face financial troubles at one time failing to pay the gaffer for two month. Information would later surface that CAPS United were actually his 3rd choice after attempts for him to land a job at both Dynamos and Highlanders proved fruitless.
After just 5 months into a 3 year contract Harrison would tender his resignation to CAPS United citing that the financial woes that the club went through for the better part of the year had taken a toll on him and his family. CAPS United would accept his resignation and temporarily place Mark Mathe as the acting coach.
Harrison has been accused of not being able to stay on a job for a long time and has often been described as a team hopper. Soon after penning a deal with Makepekepe, Harrison was said to have been facing possible legal action from his former employers after it emerged that he was in breach of a contract.
- Mark Harrison quits Caps United, Soccer24, Published: 15 Jun 2015, Retrieved: 16 Jun 2015
- CAPS APPOINT NEW COACH, Facebook, Published: 7 Jan 2015, Retrieved: 8 Jan 2015
- Paul Giess Mark Harrison: From Port Vale and Stoke City to South Africa (via Bangladesh, Maldives), Les Rosbifs, Published: May 2011, Retrieved: 8 Jan 2015
- Mark Harrison named new Caps United coach, Soccer24, Published: 7 Jan 2015, Retrieved: 8 Jan 2015
- Mark Harrison, Football Coach World Ranking, Retrieved: 8 Jan 2015
- Caps to wait longer for Harrison Football Action, Published: 22 Jan 2015, Retrieved: 16 Jun 2015
- I’ll never coach in Zim again: Harrison, Newsday, Published: 19 Jun 2015, Retrieved: 19 Jun 2015
- Godknows Matarutse, Harrison ponders CAPS exit, DailyNews, Published: 13 May 2015, Retrieved: 16 Jun 2015
- Langton Nyakwenda, FOOTBALL: Mark Harrison wanted DeMbare job, SundaiyMail, Published: 24 May 2015, Retrieved: 16 Jun 2015
- Mark Harrison announced as Township Rollers head coach, Soccer24, Published: 16 Jun 2015, Retrieved: 17 Jun 2015
- Live Dynamos vs Caps United, Soccer24, Published: 22 Feb 2015, Retrieved: 16 Jun 2015
- Grace Chingoma, Harrison quits, Herald, Published: 16 Jun 2015, Retrieved: 16 Jun 2015