Simon Harris Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at NC State

NC State women’s basketball head coach Wes Moore announced Thursday the addition of Simon Harris to his coaching staff as an assistant coach. Harris joins the Wolfpack after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton.

Harris spent four very successful years as an assistant at Dayton, helping to guide the women’s program to three NCAA Tournament appearances, one Elite Eight appearance in 2015, four total postseasons, and a combined 87-39 record.

“It’s exciting to bring Simon back to NC State,” head coach Wes Moore said. “As a former Wolfpacker with strong ties to our athletic department, he can speak from experience about the awesome opportunity to be a student-athlete at NC State. Simon brings a lot of energy to both on-court coaching and the recruiting process. He’s had great success at the University of Dayton and we feel as though he will be a great addition to our program and help us as we try to build on our Sweet 16 season of a year ago.”

Prior to his four seasons as an assistant coach with the Dayton women’s program, Harris spent three seasons on staff with the Dayton men’s program under head coach Archie Miller. During these three seasons, he helped with the development of front-court players and also worked on advanced scouting for the coaching staff. Harris was involved with the underclassman recruiting process through working with high school freshmen and sophomores.

Harris was a multi-year letterwinner on the NC State men’s basketball team after sitting out one season following his transfer from Elon. He graduated from NC State in 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. Harris then played one season of professional basketball during the 2009-10 season in Ireland following his collegiate career at NC State.

Spending his junior and senior seasons at Millbrook High School, Harris played AAU with the Kappa Magic, winning an AAU national championship with his 2002 team that also included Chris Paul and Reyshawn Terry.

Harris is the son of Stacey Harris and Larry Harris, a collegiate basketball coach for 27 years with stops at Duquesne, Oregon State, Washington State, NC State (1996-2011), and Rhode Island. He has two sisters, Raquel and Mercedes.

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