April 3, 2014

UMBC Former Standout Harris to Travel to Final Four for WBCA Workshop

WBCA

ATLANTA – Former UMBC standout Raven Harris was named to the 2014 class that will travel to the Final Four this weekend to participate in the 12th annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association "So You Want To Be A Coach" program.

The program, which coincides with the Final Four in Nashville, is a three-day workshop held April 4-6 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention.

"This is a great opportunity for Raven," head coach Phil Stern said. "I'm so excited for her to learn and network at the Final Four. She has a very high basketball IQ and will make an outstanding coach."

The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators, raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.

"I look forward to learning more about this game that I love," Harris said. "Expanding my knowledge from a different perspective, coaching instead of playing, will be fun and hopefully helpful with my future endeavors."

Harris earned a bachelor's degree with a major in media and communication studies from UMBC in May 2012. She continued her studies, pursuing a master's degree in early childhood education and was one of two members of the 2013 Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Teams to post a perfect 4.0.

Harris had a breakout senior season on the court in 2012-13 for the Retrievers, setting a UMBC record for steals (109) and concluding the year ranked third in the country in steals per game. The Virginia Beach, Va., native earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors, as well as being named to the America East All-Defensive Team, after ending the season ranked first in the league in steals per game (3.8), second in assists per game (3.8) and fourth in scoring (12.4).