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Erin Harris
Erin Harris
Title: Head Volleyball Coach
Phone: 540-828-5401
Email: eharris@bridgewater.edu

Erin (Albert) Harris enters her ninth season as head coach of the Bridgewater College volleyball program in 2019.

Harris had her most successful season as a head coach in 2018, culminating in ODAC Coach of the Year honors. The team posted a .774 winning percentage while only dropping seven matches. The team finished third in the ODAC regular season standings and earned a home first round playoff game. The team advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. Harris coached ODAC Player of the Year and ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year Rachel Gaston as well as a first team and second team selection. Gaston and Victoria Wilson earned All-South Region honors as well as Honorable Mention All-America honors- the first two All-Americans in program history.

She earned her highest career winning percentage to date in the 2017 season. The team remained a top contender, beginning the season 11-1. The team finished 19-7 overall with an 8-3 record in conference. Harris earned her 100th career win with Bridgewater against Roanoke. The team finished third in the ODAC in regular season play and earned a home quarterfinals match against Lynchburg. The squad had four All-Conference selections, an ODAC Scholar-Athlete recipient for the second straight year and an Academic All-American in senior Carleigh Studtmann, and an AVCA All-Region honoree in Macon Frey. 

The 2016 season was a standout year for Bridgewater as the Eagles finished 21-10 overall and 7-4 in conference play. The team ranked as high as No. 7 in the NCAA South Region and won a home quarterfinals match against Guilford for its third ODAC semifinals appearance in five years. BC produced three All-Conference selections, an ODAC Scholar-Athlete recipient in Carleigh Studtmann and an AVCA All-Region honoree in Abby Mills.

In 2013, Harris' Eagles turned in a 20-16 overall record and a 5-6 mark in league play. Bridgewater earned its second straight trip to the ODAC semifinal round after upsetting second-seeded Randolph-Macon in the opening round. The team's 20-win season marks its first since 2008.

In 2012, Harris led the Eagles to an 18-15 overall record and a 7-3 mark in the conference. The team advanced to the semi-final round of ODAC playoffs after clinching the third seed in the tournament.

In her first season at the helm of the Eagles, the team finished with a 15-16 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the ODAC that tied BC for fourth place in the conference standings, up three places from the previous season.

Prior to taking the head coaching position at Bridgewater, Harris was an assistant coach at Chatham University as part of the NCAA Divison III Women and Ethnic Minority Grant Program. She also served as the athletic event coordinator while at Chatham.

During her college playing career, Harris was a four-year starter for NCAA Division III national power Juniata College. Juniata won the Landmark Conference title and regional title in each of her four seasons. She was a member of the 2006 team that won the NCAA Division III national championship. During the 2007 season she was named honorable mention All-American by the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association). In 2008, Harris was named the MVP at the NCAA regional tournament and earned a spot on the NCAA Division III National All-Tournament Team.

Harris graduated from Juniata with a major in chemistry and a minor in psychology. She resides in Dayton with her husband Jim and the world’s cutest cats, Floki and Bast.

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Harris Career
Year              GP    W   L     Pct.        Accolades                         
2011 31 15 16 .484 ODAC Playoffs                                                                                
2012 33 18 15 .545 ODAC Semifinals                      
2013 36 20 16 .556 ODAC Semifinals
2014 30 9 21 .300  
2015 29 8 21 .276  
2016 31 21 10 .636 ODAC Semifinals
2017 26 19 7 .731 ODAC Quarterfinals
2018 31 24 7 .774 ODAC Semifinals / ODAC Coach of the Year 
Career 247 134 113 .538