Betsy Harris Chosen to Lead College of Coastal Georgia Women's Basketball

Mariners Spotlight on Betsy Harris

Brunswick, GA College of Coastal Georgia Athletic Director Dr. William "Bee" Carlton announced the hiring of Betsy Harris as head women's basketball coach.

"We are very happy to welcome Coach Harris to the Coastal Georgia family," Carlton said. "She is an outstanding addition to our staff, with a strong background as a player and coach. She is an experienced recruiter who will be able to attract gifted student-athletes to the campus. We look forward to adding women's basketball to our athletic offerings next fall. I am confident that our student body, fans and players will enjoy the energy and competitiveness that Coach Harris's teams will bring to Coffin Gymnasium."

Harris responded, "I am very excited to be here at the College of Coastal Georgia as the head women's basketball coach. I thank Dr. Hepburn, Dr. Carlton, and the search committee for this great opportunity to build and lead the school's first women's basketball program. This is truly a blessing and I look forward to whatever lies ahead."

Harris spent seven seasons (2003-2010) as an assistant coach at the University of West Alabama (UWA) in Livingston, the last four as associate head coach. She was instrumental in the development of West Alabama guards.

This past season, Harris served as an assistant coach at Meridian Community College. She previously spent two years at UWA as well as assistant coaching stints at Troy and East Central Community College in Mississippi.

Harris was a four-year starter in the University of Alabama backcourt, helping to lead the Crimson Tide to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and one Final Four. She was named NCAA Midwest Regional MVP and received Final Four All-Tournament honors as a senior in 1994. Harris holds the record for most career three-pointers, with 272, made at Alabama and ranks sixth in Alabama's career points with 1,519.

After graduating from Alabama with a B.S. in Sports Management, Harris played professional basketball for four years, primarily in Europe, and attended the Women's National Basketball Association training camp with the Detroit Shock in 1998. She completed her M.A. in Teaching at UWA in 2001.

TRANSACTIONS: The College of Coastal Georgia announces the hiring of Betsy Harris as head women's basketball coach.
Release Date: 4/14/2011
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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