McCombs taps Chenel Harris to be assistant coach, recruiting coordinator
July 17, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Stony Brook women’s basketball head coach Caroline McCombs has hired Chenel Harris as the recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach. A mentor with a proven ability to develop complete student-athletes, Harris spent the last two seasons at Robert Morris, where she helped lead the Colonials to their first NCAA Tournament bid in seven years in 2013-14.
“I am ecstatic for the opportunity to work with Chenel,” McCombs said. “She is quickly becoming one of the top young recruiters in the country. More importantly, Chenel has demonstrated a commitment to developing well-rounded student-athletes who excel on the court, in the classroom and in the community. She will enable our players to have a first-class student-athlete experience.”
Harris was involved in all facets of the Robert Morris program that claimed the 2013-14 Northeast Conference regular season and tournament titles, including community outreach, international and domestic recruiting and academics. She specialized in working with forwards and was instrumental in the development of two-time NEC Player of the Year Artemis Spanou, 2012-13 Rookie of the Year Ashley Ravelli and three All-Rookie selections.
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Harris successfully recruited 2012-13 NEC All-Rookie pick Cassie Oursler.
There for student-athletes on and off the court, Harris served as the team’s academic coach both seasons. Under her guidance, 83 percent of the Colonials earned over a 3.0 grade-point average, up from 40 percent prior to her appointment.
Harris established several community and fan outreach initiatives, including Step It Up, an anti-bullying program implemented to stress the importance of acceptance in elementary schools nationwide. The Colonials made appearances in Michigan, Iowa, Maryland and Ohio to bring awareness to the campaign. She also started Hoops for Hope to raise money for breast cancer research through the Glimmer of Hope Foundation.
Harris organized and promoted the Colonial Meet and Greet to give fans, local teams and prospective student-athletes a chance to attend a game and meet and mingle with players and staff afterwards. The successful event aided in recruiting and strengthening relationships within the Robert Morris University community.
Prior to her time at RMU, Harris served as the Betty F. Jaynes Special Projects Intern for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
As an undergraduate, Harris started 88 of 120 games for Kent State during her four-year career. The forward is a member of the 500-rebound club having finished her career with 573 boards to go along with 901 points. An All-Mid-American Conference honorable mention and All-Rookie honoree, Harris earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Kent State in 2010.