Middle Tennessee head women's basketball coach Rick Insell welcomed Mariska Harris as the program's Director of Operations in the summer of 2010 and the midstate native will begin her second season in 2011-12.
"She is a great addition who gives us another look on things," Insell said. "The way she is able to communicate with our players and other coaches, along with her passion and work ethic, are unbelievable. When I witnessed her in camp, her work ethic was just unbelievable. Her rapport with the campers and our players was good and that is when I decided that I wanted her to be a part of the Lady Raider basketball program. We are excited about her coming on board."
Harris played collegiately at Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn., where she was a 2007 and 2008 NAIA All-American and Academic All-American. She played for four-straight NAIA National Tournament squads, including the 2008 national runner-up, when she garnered First Team All-Tournament on the national stage.
"I am really excited about getting started and coming on board," Harris said. "Coach Insell has really turned this program around in the five years he has been here, becoming one of the top programs in the nation. I am excited about being a part of it and his vision for what he wants in terms of its growth."
She was a three-time All-TranSouth Conference First Team member and league Scholar-Athlete, who was voted to the 2007 "Brains and Brawn" First Team by the Tennessean and elected in 2008 to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
In 2006 and 2007, Trevecca Nazarene recognized Harris as having a "Promising Future in Education." She completed her bachelor's degree in physical education in 2008, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.921 GPA.
Harris played at the prep level with Ezell-Harding Christian School in Antioch, Tenn., where she was named a Miss Basketball finalist in 2004. She also was a member of the school's state championship squad in 2002. She arrives in Murfreesboro after serving as a varsity basketball coach and wellness teacher at Independence High in Thompson's Station, Tenn.
Harris has a variety of other camp experiences, as either a coach or counselor. She worked the 2007 and 2008 Pat Head Summitt Overnight and Day Camps and a pair of Vanderbilt Women's Basketball Camps.
She was married October 3, 2009, to Chris Harris, a member of the Trevecca Nazarene men's basketball team from 2005-09.