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Women's Basketball
Adell Harris
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Wake Forest
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: (910) 962-3418
Email: harrisa@uncw.edu
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Former Wake Forest standout and Tusculum College head coach coach Adell Harris is in her second season as head coach of the UNCW women’s basketball program. Harris became the 10th head coach in school history on May 3, 2012.

"I'm extremely excited and fortunate to have this opportunity to lead the UNCW program," said Harris. "I want to build on what's already here, and I think we can keep moving the program in a positive direction.

“We want to stay focused on the vision for the program. We want to be in the top half of the conference, compete for the CAA championship and compete for postseason play."

In her first season in the Port City, Harris led the Seahawks to victories over league foes Georgia State, Northeastern and William & Mary. She also guided the squad to an impressive showing in the 2013 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship with an opening-round triumph over George Mason and near upset of eventual tournament champion Delaware in the quarterfinals.   

Harris also instrumental in her players’ individual development during the 2012-13 season. Senior Karneshia Garrett was a Third-Team All-CAA selection as she led the team in both scoring (10.8) and rebounding (11.0) while sophomore guard Kelva Atkins earned All-Tournament Team honors at the CAA Championship

Harris, 33, took over the Seahawk program following a successful three-year stint as head coach of Tusculum, guiding the NCAA Division II school to a 61-30 overall record, back-to-back Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament championships (2010 & 2011) and three straight appearances to the NCAA Tournament. 

In 2011-12, Harris guided the Pioneers to a 17-11 overall mark as the team posted victories over defending DII national champion and top-ranked Clayton State and 2012 NCAA Champion Shaw en route to the school's fifth straight NCAA Southeast Regional berth.

Tusculum opened the 2010-11 season ranked third in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll and finished the campaign with a 21-9 record as it captured the SAC regular season crown and repeated as league tournament champions.

In her inaugural season with the Pioneers in 2009-10, Harris guided Tusculum to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight after capturing the program's first Southeast Region Championship. She also led the team to its inaugural post-season ranking, capping the campaign as the ninth-ranked team in the final USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Harris was instrumental in the development of many of the top players in Tusculum history. Guard Jasmine Gunn was named the program's first consensus Division II All-American, Daktronics Southeast Region Player-of-the-Year and SAC Player-of-the-Year after ranking among the top-10 players in the nation in scoring (21.6) during her junior season. Gunn repeated as SAC Player-of-the-Year the following season to finish her career second in school history and third in league history with 2,180 points.

In addition, guard Kendal Baxter set a school and league record with 105 three-pointers during her freshman season on her way to earning SAC All-Rookie Team accolades. Center Catherine Hintz earned MVP honors at the 2011 Food Lion SAC Tournament and was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional. 

Prior to taking the reins at Tusculum, Harris spent six seasons at UNCA (2003-09), serving as an assistant and associate head coach. She helped the Bulldogs capture their first Big South Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006-07 and mentored nine All-Big South Conference honorees, including a pair of BSC Rookie-of-the-Year honorees in Brittany Hendley (2004) and Kyla Jones (2007).

Harris was a four-year letter winner at Wake, playing in 106 games during her career with the Demon Deacons from 1998-2002. She paced Coach Charlene Curtis' squad with 108 assists and averaged 4.6 points per game during her senior season as co-captain. Harris, who finished her career in 10th place on the WFU career assists chart, graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.

A member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Harris began her coaching career as an assistant coach at her alma mater in High Point, T. Wingate Andrews High School, during the 2002-03 campaign. She also served as head coach of the Piedmont X-Press AAU team from 1998-2003.

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