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Harris Cabaniss knows that success on the field isn’t the most important thing for his players and students.

Cabaniss is in his second year as the head football coach at Mauldin High School, where he also teaches government and economics. He is also married and the father of one child with another on the way. He had planned to be an engineer before his career path changed.

“I love sports, and I love being around kids,” he said. “I have yet to call it a job, and I have yet to call it work.”

Cabaniss came to Mauldin to serve as defensive coordinator after coaching football and state championship track teams at Woodland High School.

He said coaching gives him the opportunity to really get to know his students and serve as a role model.

“Faith, family and football – it’s always in that order,” he said. “I’m more concerned about where they’ll be in 10 years than where they are now. In the grand scheme of things, this is just a glimpse. I’m around them more than their parents a lot of the time. That weights a lot more on my shoulders than anything. I want what’s best for them and what’s best for the team.”

Cabaniss credits his wife, Haley, with being the driving force behind his success on and off the field.

“A lot of people look at the coach and don’t see the whole picture,” he said. “We’re a team. She is that rock at home for me.”

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