Brittany Harris Named Head Gymnastics Coach

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown University Athletics announced the hiring of Brittany Harris as the head coach for gymnastics. Harris becomes the fourth head coach in program history.

“We are excited for Brittany to join Brown Athletics and lead our gymnastics program,” said M. Grace Calhoun ’92, Ph.D., Chancellor Samuel M. Mencoff ’78 Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. “Brittany’s experience as an assistant coach at a highly competitive Division II institution and her own experiences as a student-athlete while at Oregon State made her an excellent candidate for the position. Her vision for building upon the program’s rich tradition set her apart and we are thrilled to welcome Brittany to Providence.”

Harris joins Brown after a season on the coaching staff at Centenary College of Louisiana, where she was hired to lead the Ladies following the retirement of Jackie Fain. At the time of her hire in Louisiana, she became the fourth female African-American head coach in NCAA gymnastics.

“I am incredibly humbled and thankful to have been selected as the next head gymnastics coach at Brown University,” said Harris. “Having the opportunity to build upon the rich history and foundation established by all the previous Brown gymnasts and former head coaches Jackie Court spirit Sara Carver-Milneis the greatest honor, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Vice President for Athletics and Recreation, M. Grace CalhounDeputy Director of Athletics for Governance and Student Services/SWA Shoshanna Engel LewisDeputy Director of Athletics for Intercollegiate Programs Colin SullivanAssociate Director of Athletics, Recruiting and Retention Colleen Kelly and the entire executive team for believing in me and supporting my vision,” added Harris. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt at home and knew I wanted to become part of the Brown Family.”

“My mission is to empower these young women to reach their full potential in the classroom, on the competition floor, in their communities, and everyday lives. I look forward to moving to Providence, meeting the team and coaching staff, and embarking on this journey of excellence together.”

Harris joined Centenary after three seasons as assistant coach at Lindenwood University. In 2019, she helped lead the Lindenwood Lions to a record-breaking season as they were only the third Division II team in history to qualify for the NCAA postseason, competing in Round 1 of the NCAA tournament at LSU. The Lions finished their historic year taking home both the MIC championship and the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. Lindenwood also walked away with the 2021 MIC championship. Harris was named the Women’s Collegiate Coaches Association (WCGA) Division II Regional assistant coach of the year in both 2019 and 2021, along with several other coaching accolades.

While at Lindenwood, Harris was involved with the WCGA, serving as the secretary of the Board of Directors, and involved in forming the organization’s first Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also a graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy.

A Tulsa, Oklahoma native, Harris was a standout gymnast at Oregon State University where she helped the Beavers reach the NCAA Championships twice (2011 & 2012). In 2013, she qualified for the national championships as an individual all-around competitor. The Beavers won the Pac-10 team Championship in 2011, and the newly formed Pac-12 Championship in 2013. Harris was named to the All-Pac-12 First-Team on the uneven bars in 2013 and the 2012 All-Pac-12 Second-Team on the uneven bars. Harris served as a student assistant coach at Oregon State from 2015-16 and a volunteer assistant for the Beavers from 2017-18. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences.

Harris was a top Junior Olympic athlete before attending Oregon State, finishing fourth in the all-around and tying for third on the uneven bars at the JO National Championships in 2010, while earning a spot on the National Team. Harris received the Shannon Miller Award in 2010, given annually to the top gymnast in the state of Oklahoma.

Harris takes over Brown gymnastics after former head coach Sara Carver-Milne (2003-22) joined the Auburn coaching staff as associate head coach.

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