FAYETTEVILLE STATE ATHLETICS NAMES ERIKA GEE HARRIS HEAD WOMEN'S TENNIS COACH

Erika Gee Harris will take the helm of the Lady Broncos tennis program for the upcoming 2016-17 season
May 20, 2016

Fayetteville, NC - Fayetteville State University has announced Erika Gee Harris as the fifth head women's tennis coach in the history of the program. Women's tennis became a varsity sport at FSU in 2002. Harris will begin her leadership role of the women's tennis program for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

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.

She has strong ties and affiliation with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the Cape Fear Regional Tennis Foundation, and the Wizards Tennis Association. Harris 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 pleased to announce that Erika Gee Harris has joined Fayetteville State University to lead our women's tennis program," said Director of Athletics Anthony Bennett. "I was very impressed with Harris' playing and coaching experience. She is well-suited to help guide our student-athletes and continue the tradition of combining academic and athletic excellence."

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.

"I am extremely honored to have been chosen to the head coaching position for the FSU Women's Tennis Team," stated 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 aspect benefits the other."


 

 

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.

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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