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Assistant Coach Mariska Harris resigns from post

Coach steps away to focus on family

June 30, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee women's basketball head coach Rick Insell announced on Monday that assistant coach Mariska Harris has tendered her resignation. Harris has decided to step away from coaching to focus on her family.

"Mariska has made a tremendous impact to our staff the past four seasons," said Insell. "With the birth of her first son Callum, she had decided to make family her first priority. I am grateful to everything that Mariska has given to Middle Tennessee the past four years. I wish her and Chris, along with baby Callum, the best as they move forward."

"I want to thank President McPhee, Chris Massaro, Diane Turnham and Coach Insell for giving me the opportunity to work the past four years at MTSU," said Harris. "The community support has been overwhelming during my time there. I had tremendous support during my high-risk pregnancy and the support I received from the MTSU community makes it even harder to leave. I will still be around to support MTSU Athletics. I have decided at this time I need to focus on spending time and helping raise Callum. I am grateful for everything that Middle Tennessee has done for me."

Harris helped the Blue Raiders to four regular season championships and two tournament titles. She helped guide MT to a 29-5 record and a Conference USA regular season and tournament title last season.

The Nashville native spent two years as the director of operations before transitioning to a full-time assistant coach role in 2012-13. Harris played a pivotal role in coaching the guards, including the development of Caroline Warden.

Harris graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in physical education from Trevecca Nazarene in 2008. The search for Harris' replacement is currently underway.

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