Dr. Greg Harris
Harding head coach Dr. Greg Harris enters his 22nd season as the head coach of the women's soccer team in 2022. Harris also coached the men's team from 2001-10.
Harris took over the Harding soccer programs in 2001. He is a six-time conference coach of the year, including four in the Gulf South Conference and two in the Great American Conference. He has directed the Lady Bisons to 14 postseason appearances in his 20 years as coach, including the 2019 season, where Harding was the fourth seed in the GAC Tournament. Harris also led the Harding men’s soccer team to postseason appearances in 2007 and 2008.
Harris led the 2016 women’s team to the GAC Tournament championship, overcoming a slow start and a third-place regular season finish in the GAC. The championship win helped secure Harding’s second consecutive berth into the NCAA Tournament in Mankato, Minnesota.
In 2015 Harding overcame an 0-2 start and finished 15-4-2. The Lady Bisons won the GAC regular season and tournament titles. Harris helped lead the 2015 team to the program’s second NCAA Tournament appearance in Mankato, Minnesota.
In 2004, the Harding University women’s team claimed a share of the GSC regular season title. That team went on earn Harding women’s soccer’s first NCAA Tournament berth in Miami Shores, Florida. The Lady Bisons concluded the season ranked 16th nationally.
In his 20-year tenure, Harris has coached six CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (Lori Boren in 2004, Emily Currie in 2006, Kendyl Washburn in 2007, Audrey Adkison in 2014-2015 and Bethany Sutherland in 2017-18). He has also coached six D2CCA All-Americans (Bethany Sutherland in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Melita Sutherland in 2015 and 2016, and Emma Roberts in 2021). He has coached 76 academic all-conference selections, 83 all-conference selections and 27 all-region selections. The women’s team has won the GAC Sportsmanship Award a conference-record eight times since 2012.
Each summer, Harris works several prestigious soccer camps, including Duke University, Texas A&M University, UT-Chattanooga and Vanderbilt University. Harris served as a head coach with the Arkansas Olympic Development Program from 2003-15. Harris has been involved on the Olympic Development Program Region III as a region coach from 2009-12 and again in 2017.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Harris started playing soccer when he was 8 years old. A goalkeeper throughout his playing career, he was all-district, all-region and all-state in high school and went on to play at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. While at Queens, he teamed with another goalkeeper to set a national shutout record, combining to blank 14 of 17 opponents in a season (1991). Harris helped lead Queens College to a NCAA national rankings of 17th in 1991 and 21st in 1992.
In 1994, Harris came to Harding University to earn his master's degree in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. While at Harding, Harris played soccer for the club team on campus. After completing the degree in 1996, he worked in three different psychiatric hospitals in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Harris then enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Monroe to work on his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy. He received his degree in the summer of 2006.
Harris is married to the former Anissa Campbell of Omaha, Texas. Greg and Anissa have a daughter, Kadyn and a son Kaynan.
2003 GSC Women's Coach of the Year
2004 GSC Women's Coach of the Year
2006 GSC Women's Coach of the Year
2008 GSC Men's Coach of the Year
2013 GAC Women's Coach of the Year
2015 GAC Women’s Coach of the Year