Harry named new Cumberland coach

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 5, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Cumberland Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced Thursday the university hired Vincennes University’s Brittany Harry as the program’s new volleyball head coach. 

Harry officially begins her duties at Cumberland on July 14.

The Champaign, Ill., native coached the last three seasons at Vincennes, compiling an 88-38 mark with the Trailblazers that included a championship game appearance in the NJCAA District F Tournament in 2012. VU posted a 29-16 mark this past season and was 31-10 in 2012 and 28-12 in 2011. Four players were named All-Region XII, two earned Region XII All-Tournament honors and one garnered Academic All-American accolades.

“I would like to thank President Eaton and Ron Pavan for this opportunity at Cumberland University,” Harry said. “It’s a place that has enjoyed success in the past and I feel like we have can have a great deal of success with the program. I’m very excited to get started with camp in a couple of weeks and then in August when our players report to campus.”

Harry has served as Club Director and Owner of the Vincennes Elite Alliance for almost three years, promoting club volleyball in southwest Indiana, conducting non-travel training options as well as travel teams for local players and hiring and training coaching staff for the club.

She served two years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, South Carolina-Upstate, planning and executing practice, coordinating video exchange and scouting opponents. She coached two Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team members during her stay at Upstate.

Harry’s first head coaching position came at Spartanburg Methodist College where she led the Pioneers to back-to-back NJCAA Division I National Tournament appearances. She was named NJCAA Region X Coach of the Year in 2008 and garnered District K Coach of the Year accolades in 2007 and 2008.

She also coached two Honorable-Mention All-Americans, the 2008 Region X Player of the Year, 2008 Region X Tournament MVP, four All-Region X players and six Region X All-Tournament team members.

“Brittany has proven that she can win as a head coach and that was very important during our coaching search, to find a candidate who had a proven track record,” Pavan said. “She has accomplished a great deal as both a head coach and assistant and I believe she will elevate our program to one of great success.”

Harry served eight years as head coach at Club South during her stay in South Carolina, leading the 16U national team to a third-place finish in AAU national competition in 2010, with two members of her squad named AAU All-Americans. She guided a national team of 14-year-olds to a Palmetto Region championship and a bid to the USAV Junior Olympic Championships in 2009 and also coached 16 All-Palmetto Region players during her tenure at Club South.

Harry served as the primary libero during her playing career at USC-Upstate, finishing third in career digs with 1,433 and third with 4.00 digs per set in her career. In 2004, she registered the single-season record for digs per set with 5.38.

She received her bachelor’s in Communications with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in Spanish from USC-Upstate in 2009. She is currently working on her master’s in sports administration from Concordia University.

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