position Assistant Coach
Alma Mater NC State, 2008
Simon Harris joined the Ohio State staff in July of 2020 after spending the previous two seasons at his alma mater NC State.
Harris was part of helping the Wolfpack to some of the best results in the 46 years of women’s basketball at NC State. The 2019-20 squad won the 2020 ACC Tournament title, the program’s first conference tournament championship since 1991. The team posted a 28-4 overall record (14-4 ACC) and finished eighth in the Associated Press Top 25, its second top-10 final ranking in a row and its best final AP poll finish since 1990-91.
That season came after the 2018-19 squad finished the campaign ranked ninth in the USA Today Coaches Poll. In his first season at NC State, the team advanced to its second straight NCAA Sweet 16, achieved the longest winning streak in program history (21 games) and recorded the best start to a season in program history (21-0).
Harris joined the Wolfpack after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton. While there, he helped guide the women’s program to three NCAA Tournament appearances, one Elite Eight appearance (2015), four total postseason berths and a combined 87-39 record.
Prior to being with the Dayton women’s program, Harris spent three seasons on staff with the Dayton men’s program under head coach Archie Miller. During those three seasons, he helped with the development of front-court players and also worked on advanced scouting for the coaching staff. Harris was involved with the underclassmen recruiting process and worked with high school freshmen and sophomores.
Harris was a multi-year letterwinner on the NC State men’s basketball team after sitting out one season following his transfer from Elon. He graduated from NC State in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Harris then played one season of professional basketball during the 2009-10 season in Ireland.
Playing his junior and senior seasons of high school at Millbrook, Harris played AAU with the Kappa Magic. He won an AAU national championship with his 2002 team that also included Chris Paul and Reyshawn Terry.
Harris is the son of Stacey Harris and Larry Harris. His father was a collegiate basketball coach for 27 years with stops at Duquesne, Oregon State, Washington State, NC State (1996-2011) and Rhode Island.