Tough draw against the tournament top seed
First ever season opening win
All home matches played on campus at FSU Courts
A chance to be a part of the historic Lady Broncos’ tennis program
Harris named the fifth head coach in program's history
Erika Gee Harris begins her first season as the head women’s tennis coach for the 2016-17 season at Fayetteville State University. She is the fifth head coach in the history of the women’s tennis program, which began in 2002.
Harris brings over 35 years of experience as a tennis player and several years of experience in the areas of development and coordination of adult and youth programs of various age ranges and skill sets.
Harris has strong ties and affiliation with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the Cape Fear Regional Tennis Foundation, and the Wizards Tennis Association. She also served as the assistant girls’ tennis coach at nearby E.E. Smith High School for two seasons (2014-16). She was named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her work and as the secretary with the Cape Fear Regional Tennis Foundation.
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen for the head coaching position for the FSU Women’s Tennis Team,” said Harris. “My goal is to encompass a COMPLETE tennis program that utilizes on and off court lessons. When athletics is combined and balanced with a positive academic and social atmosphere, each benefits, one form the other.”
Harris served as captain of the USTA Southern Women’s 40+ Singles League (2015) and Co-captain of the 18+ Adult League. She is the current captain of the overall 40+ Adult League. Harris joined the Wizards Tennis Association in 2012 and then began service on the tournament committee in 2013. She took the reins at tournament director in 2015.
Harris has experience developing tennis tournaments as fundraising initiatives, including a tournament recognized during the USTA Southern Annual Tennis Weekend in Pinehurst, NC.
In addition to her efforts in the tennis community, Harris has associations with the Arts Council of Fayetteville, the Charity Christian Center Ministry, Western Assembly of Churches, and the Ellington-White Community Development Corporation. She is also a local business owner of an event planning and design company.
“I’ve learned over the years that being a good tennis player requires more than physical and technical skill – the mind and body have to be equally and continually engaged. The most successful coaches have passion for their sport. They use more than just technical instruction, they expose and introduce the parallels of their vocation to everyday life lessons.”
“I am excited to share with these young ladies that both on and off the court; everything we do, every decision we make, effects every aspect of our lives physically, mentally and socially – it’s about quality of life and tennis is a lifetime sport!”
Harris studied Architectural Engineering at North Carolina A & T State University. While at NCAT, she met and married her husband Chris Harris, a Fayetteville native. She is a native of Martinsville, VA by way of District Heights, MD. She resides in Fayetteville with husband Chris and daughter Sydney.
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