Harris Tabbed To Lead Cross Country Squad
Sept. 20, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Jebreh Harris, a two-time NCAA All-American and four-time finalist at the US Outdoor Championships, signed a Letter of Appointment to serve as the cross country coach at UNLV, track & field head coach Yvonne Wade announced on Thursday.
Harris, a native of Decatur, Ga., comes to UNLV after serving as the head cross country and assistant track & field coach at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. He had been at SCSU since February of 2010, where he coached the men's and women's cross country teams for two seasons and oversaw the development of the distance and middle-distance programs and the men's and women's hurdlers and men's 400m runners for three years. Twenty-three school records were set in both indoor and outdoor competition under his watch, while the 2010 women's cross country team earned its best finish - second place - in school history.
Prior to his stint at SCSU, Harris was a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, from 2003-09. While in Knoxville, Tenn., he was as a track coach with the Knoxville Track Club and primarily worked with the youth program. He also spent time as a sport specific/personal trainer (Performance Training Inc.), where he trained several world class athletes and designed workouts for clients with particular needs.
He began his collegiate career at Alabama State University from 1996-99, where he was named a team captain during his sophomore year. He earned his undergraduate degree in graphic design from Tennessee in 2002 after he became a two-time All-American in the distance medley relay and the 4x400m relay. He helped the Volunteers to both the SEC and NCAA Outdoor Championship team titles in 2001.
After completing his collegiate eligibility at Tennessee, he went on to have a lucrative career as a professional. He signed with the Holyfield International Track Club (owned by professional boxer Evander Holyfield) prior to running for Reebok in 2005.
He competed in seven US Outdoor Championships - two of which were Olympic Trials - and advanced to the finals on four occasions. In 2006, he had his best finish - third - at the US Outdoor Championships and was a member of the American record-breaking 4x800m relay team, which clocked a time of 7:02.82 in Brussels, Belgium. He was ranked #2 in the US in the 800m in 2007.
Harris has his USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist and USATF Level 1 certifications as well as other certifications. He is a registered US Virgin Island Track & Field Coach.