Anthony Harris begins his third season on deck as an assistant coach and is also the recruiting coordinator for the swimming programs at the University of North Dakota. An accomplished swimmer at the collegiate level, Harris has served at different levels in his coaching career.
Harris has been key in the turnaround of the UND program as both the men's and women's squads improved markedly on their 2012-13 records as both finished with winning dual records. The UND women boasted a 9-7 dual meet record while the men improved on a 2-10 record to post a 7-5 mark under Maiello. All told, 15 different school records were broken during the 2013-14 season and three divers qualified for the NCAA Zone meet at season's end.
He also helped mentor the school's first-ever male WAC champion, Austin Smith, who won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 2014 WAC Championships. His 100 time of 53.29 gave UND its first-ever male winner and an NCAA-B cut. He turned the trick again in the 200 breast, this time breaking both school and conference records with a 1:56.15 time. The previous WAC mark had stood for 16 years before Smith smashed it on Saturday of the league meet.
North Dakota also dominated the WAC weekly awards in 2013-14, being recognized eight different times with "Athlete of the Week" accolades from the conference. Richard Eberle picked up a league-best four Male Diver of the Week awards while Austin Smith won the Male Swimmer of the Week twice. Rachael Waldbillig (Female Diver) and Morgan Lynch (Female Swimmer) were also recognized once in a very successful campaign.
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.