University of North Dakota head swimming coach Steve Parsons announced the hiring of Anthony Harris for the 2012-13 season. Harris, an accomplished swimmer at the collegiate level, has served at different levels in his coaching career.
Harris most recently served as an assistant coach at Ohio University. While with the Bobcats, Harris helped guide Ohio to a runner-up finish in the MAC. He also tutored two swimmers to Olympic Trial Qualifying performances and coached one swimmer to an NCAA national meet appearance. All told, nine different school records were broken during his time at Ohio.
Previously, he was the assistant swimming and diving coach, recruiting coordinator and aquatics coordinator at the University of South Dakota from 2005-11. During his time with the Coyotes, Harris coached 32 All-Americans, 25 school record-breaking performances and helped lead the school to three NCAA top-10 finishes. On top of his coaching duties, he also volunteered as a sports information assistant for USD football, softball, volleyball, soccer and basketball.
Prior to coaching at USD, Harris completed a graduate assistantship at St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minn., where he served as the assistant swimming and diving coach from 2003-05. In those two years, he coached 13 All-Americans. Harris also served a one-year stint as assistant swim coach at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point during the 2002-03 season.
Harris received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in coaching from Stevens Point, as well as a Master of Science in sport management from St. Cloud University. He competed collegiately at Stevens Point from 1999-2002, where he was an 18-time conference champion (Relays, 100-yd. freestyle in 2001 and 100-yd. butterfly in 2002), a six-time All-American and three-time All-American Honorable Mention. He was named senior captain in the 2001-2002 season and was also named senior MVP.
"Anthony brings a lot of experience to the staff," Parsons said of Harris. "His familiarity with the region will help in the recruiting process. He is a great addition to the coaching staff and I am looking forward to working with Anthony!"