Top American rowing coach, Kevin Harris, will be joining Arshay Cooper on his visit to Cape Town at the end of May.

Harris and Cooper will spend time coaching rowers from the UWC and the CCRC/Lawhill Rowing Clubs  They will also officially name and christen boats bought with funds donated to the CCRC/Lawhill Rowing Club in 2020.


Kevin Harris

Rowing Coach

Rowing Curriculum Vitae


2022-2023          US Junior Women’s National Team Selection Camp, Chula Vista, CA

Assistant Coach

  • Assisted in Women’s Junior National Team Selection
  • Coached primarily Women’s Sweep for CanAmMex Regatta
  • USA won all CanAmMex sweep events (8, 4+, 2-’s) by open water over Mexico and Canada

2002-2022          University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Head Coach, Women’s Rowing

  • Started with 16 rowers and created a continuously competitive team over 20 years
  • Coached Olympians Michelle Sechser ’09 (USA LW 2x, Tokyo) and Jennifer Casson ’17 (CAN LW2x, Tokyo).
  • Coached 10 athletes who made either U23 or Senior National Teams for the Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, and the United States
  • Built the Jack Zink Indoor Rowing Center
  • Built the Bird Boathouse
  • Fundraised approximately $2.5M over 20 years
  • Head of the Charles won the 2004 Women’s Club 4+
  • Team won the Midwest Collegiate Rowing Championships in 2009 and 2010
  • Women’s Henley (UK) won the 2019 Women’s Lwt 2x
  • Team finished 4th at C-USA/Big XII/SEC Championships in 2014
  • Team finished 2nd at American Athletic Rowing Championships 2015-2019
  • Team C-USA and AAC Academic Awards in 2010, 2012, 2016
  • Varsity 8 awarded the American Athletic Conference Boat of the Year, 2018
  • Team won the University of Tulsa Athletic Department Community Service Award 7 times
  • Multiple All-American and Academic All-American Awards from Tulsa Athletes

1999-2002          Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Women’s Assistant Coach

  • Recruited and managed a team of 75 athletes
  • Helped to establish first Big XII Rowing Conference Championship

1999,2000          Oakland, CA and Manhattan, KS

Head Coach, Western Development Camp, Junior Women’s National Team

  • 8’s and 4’s defeated the Northwestern Development Camp in Seattle, WA, 1999
  • Top Junior 8 finished won silver at USRowing Club National Championships, Syracuse, NY
    • Coached future Senior National Team rower Brett Sickler Gorman

1997-1999          Mills College, Oakland, CA,

Women’s Head Coach

  • Varsity 4 won gold at the 1998 California State Rowing Championships
  • Varsity 4 won silver at the 1998 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships
  • Varsity 4+ qualified for 1998 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships finishing 15th
  • First African-American head coach at the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships


1995-1997          Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Novice Women’s Coach

  • Novice 8 won gold at Seven Sisters Regatta, 1995, 1996
  • Novice 8 helped Mount Holyoke to win the 1996 NEWMAC Conference Championship
  • Novice 8 won bronze at 1996 Collegiate New England Championships
  • Novice 8 qualified for the 1996 Champion Regatta


1994-1996          Junior Women’s Committee, US Rowing


  • Voted to implement the CanAmMex Regatta
  • Worked to select and oversee appropriate JNT coaches and camp sites
  • Represented the Committee at JNT Trials


1993-1995          Potomac Boat Club, Washington DC

Head Coach of Intermediate and Junior Women

  • Women’s Light 4+ 3rd at 1994 Head of the Charles
  • U19 8 won gold at the 1995 Royal Canadian Henley
  • Potomac Boat Club- Harris/Fisher Trophy awarded annually to the winner of the Canadian U19 8 since 1996
    • Coached future Olympian Christine Smith (USA LW2-, Bronze, Sydney Games)


1992-1995          Gonzaga College High School

Teacher of History, Rowing Advisor

  • Taught the school’s inaugural African-American History Class
  • Helped found, fund, and coach the Gonzaga Rowing Team


1991-1995          Yorktown High School Girls Rowing

 Head Coach

  • Varsity Girls 8 Bronze at 1992 NOVA Championships
  • Two YHS athletes row to Junior Women’s 8 bronze at Junior Worlds (Montreal, Canada)
  • Varsity Girls 8 Silver at 1994 NOVA Championships, bronze at SRA Nationals
  • Lightweight 8 Girls 8 won gold at 1995 NOVA, Stotesbury, and SRA Championships


1991-1993          Capitol Rowing Club, Washington, D.C.

Head Coach

  • Helped to stabilize the program using equipment from YHS
  • Took the team to its first USRowing Club Nationals, 1993
  • Added summer junior rowing to the club.
  • Coached the inaugural DC Strokes Rowing Club crew for the premier 1993 Stonewall Regatta

1990-1991          Alexandria City High School (former T.C. Williams HS)

 Assistant Coach

  • Varsity Boys and Girls Varsity 8’s Assistant Coach, Coach of Boys Senior and Junior 4’s
  • Both Crews won 1990 Washington Post’s All-Met High School Crews of the Year
  • Girl’s Varsity 8 won gold at 1990 Northern Virginia (NOVA) Championships and the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships (SRA)
  • Girl’s Junior 8 won bronze at Stotesbury Cup and gold at SRA National Championships Boy’s Junior Four won silver at SRA National Championships



Fall 2023             Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

  • Future student accepted for study in the Class of 2026

 May 1997           University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA.

  • Masters of Education

June 1992           George Washington University, Washington, DC

  • Bachelors of Arts, History


2021-Present     USRowing Board of Directors, member

  • Chairman of the Nominating Committee
  • Board Liaison to the DEI Committee

2022-Present     USRowing Foundation, member

2020-2022          USRowing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, member

2020-2021          Black Coaches and Rowers Association, founding member

2008-2010          Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, Secretary

1998-2000          Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, NCAA Division III Representative

1993-1996          USRowing Junior Women’s National Team Committee, member




2022                    A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund Boat christening of the Kevin Harris 2x

2020                    University of Tulsa Pinnacle Award

2008                    University of Tulsa established the Jennifer and Kevin Harris Scholarship Endowment

1996                    Royal Canadian Henley’s U19 Women’s 8 award named the Harris/Fischer Trophy

1995                    Gonzaga College HS Crew’s “Kevin Harris Award” awarded annually for sportsmanship

1993, 1995         Washington Post’s All Metropolitan Girls Rowing Coach of the Year