Kevin Harris is in his 19th season as the head women’s rowing coach at The University of Tulsa. He became the fifth coach in school history on July 9, 2002, and since then has steadily built TU towards a stronger position within the rowing world.
During his tenure, Harris’ teams have recorded 337 first-place finishes and medaled 815 boats in 163 regattas. He has seen 135 student-athletes receive Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar Athlete honors and his team has won TU's Outstanding Team Community Service Award 11 times (2003, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’13, ’14, ‘16) for their community and campus involvement.
Not only has Harris been instrumental in developing a highly competitive team, but he has been the driving force behind the construction of the Tulsa rowing facilities. The Jack Zink Indoor Rowing Center, completed in March of 2006, is a state-of-the-art rowing center that is housed within TU's Mabee Gymnasium and features an indoor rowing tank, an ergometer room capable of supporting the entire team practicing at one time, locker rooms and coaches offices.
In addition to the indoor practice facility, the 5,000-square foot J. Bird Sr. Shell Nest was completed in January 2007. The boathouse is the first boat storage facility specifically dedicated to the needs of the varsity rowers at TU. It is located on the Verdigris River and sports a natural setting of 18 miles distance for practice.
Before arriving at Tulsa, Harris was the first assistant coach at Kansas State from 1999-2002. During his tenure at KSU, he coached the novice crews and recorded victories over Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10 rivals. He was also responsible for recruiting over 20 student-athletes to Kansas State. It was during Harris' time in Manhattan that the KSU squad garnered the school's first top-25 ranking in the 2002 CRCA National Poll.
The winner of the U19 Women’s 8+ event at the Royal Canadian Henley is annually awarded the Harris/Fisher Trophy, named for Coach Harris.
Harris has also served as a member of the United States Rowing Association Junior Women's Committee from 1994-98, and in 1999-2000 coached the Junior National Team Development Camps for the West Region. He is in his second stint of serving on the CRCA Board of Directors, as he previously served from 1998-2000. Harris holds a USRA Level III Coaching Certification. [Learn more about Kevin here].