|Alma Mater:||Wheaton College ('03)|
|Undergraduate Degree:||(B.A.) Spanish|
|Postgraduate Degree:||(M.A.) Intercultural Studies/TESOL|
|Postgraduate Degree:||(M.S.) Exercise and Sport Science|
The 2017-18 season will be the fifth for Sarah Harris at Covenant as she was hired in May of 2013.
Harris came to Covenant from Wheaton (Ill.) College where she spent three seasons as an assistant under Thunder head coach Kent Madsen. Harris also previously spent four seasons as the head coach at Grove City College, an NCAA Division III member in Pennsylvania. At Grove City, Harris won 39 games from 2006-2010. She also served as a graduate assistant coach at UNC Greensboro from 2004-06.
"Covenant College quickly won me over with its commitment to pursuing athletic excellence within the framework of a genuine Christian academic environment," said Harris at the time of her hiring. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Covenant community and work towards helping the women's basketball program grow in what it is capable of achieving on the court and in the lives of the student-athletes in this program."
The 2016-17 season was the most successful one yet under Harris for the Scots. Covenant started the year 4-0, its first 4-0 start since the 1996-97 season, and finished 12-13 overall. The Scots qualified for the USA South Tournament for the first time since joining the league. Sophomore Joanna Smith was named to the All-USA South West Division second team.
Harris' first season at Covenant in 2013-14 was the start of a rebuilding project for the program. The Scots have improved during each season and Harris hopes to build off that momentum. That progress continued in 2015-16 as the Scots went 10-15 overall and produced the USA South's Rookie of the Year in Joanna Smith.
In the classroom, Harris' players have excelled in her first three years as 33 members of the team have earned to USA South All-Academic honors, including 10 selections in the 2016-17 season.
In 2009 at Grove City, Harris was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as well as Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by D3Hoops.com. In her four years at Grove City, she coached players to All-PAC honors six times and had one NCAA All-Region player.
Harris graduated cum laude from Wheaton with a degree in Spanish in 2003. In 2004, she completed a master's degree in intercultural studies/TESOL at Wheaton and she earned a second master's degree from UNC Greensboro in 2006, completing her master of science degree in exercise and sport science.
As a player at Wheaton, Harris started in each of her final three seasons. She helped the Thunder capture the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) title during her sophomore and senior seasons. Harris helped lead the Thunder to an 80-24 overall record, including a 44-12 mark in CCIW play. She earned All-CCIW Third Team honors following both her sophomore and junior seasons, finishing her career with over 900 points at Wheaton. Harris also earned Academic All-District honors in both her junior and senior seasons.
"My desire is that Covenant women's basketball be characterized by quality students, talented athletes who love to play the game of basketball, and most importantly, young women who love the Lord Jesus Christ, and I am humbled by the prospect of being a part of such an important venture," added Harris.
Sarah Harris Quick Facts:
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Wheaton, 2003 (cum laude)
Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies/TESOL from Wheaton, 2004
Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Greensboro, 2006
Graduate Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at UNC Greensboro, 2004-2006
Head Women's Basketball Coach at Grove City College, 2006-2010
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Wheaton College, 2010-2013
2009 Presidents' Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
2009 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year (D3Hoops.com)
Year-by-Year Coaching Records (as head coach at Grove City)
2006-07: 5-20, 2-10 PAC
2007-08: 11-14, 5-9 PAC
2008-09: 11-15, 7-7 PAC
2009-10: 12-14, 8-6 PAC
Year-by-Year Coaching Records (at Covenant)
2013-14: 8-17, 4-12 USA South
2014-15: 3-22, 2-14 USA South
2015-16: 10-15, 6-10 USA South
2016-17: 12-13, 6-8 USA South