Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's
basketball program is presently midst a search for a new assistant
coach as Crystal Harris was recently officially
hired by NCAA Division I member Cal State Fullerton as an assistant
after departing FSU earlier this summer.
Harris, who returns to her home state, served as the Bulldogs' full-time assistant coach each of the last two seasons and helped FSU to a 30-27 overall record, including a 21-19 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.
Her hire completes the staff for first-year Fullerton head coach Marcia Foster. Foster was promoted from an associate head coach position upon the retirement last season of Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah. Assistant Coaches Allyson Alhadeff and Sara Perry also return from last year's staff.
While at Ferris, Harris assisted with the program's administrative, coaching and recruiting responsibilities. The Bulldogs made back-to-back GLIAC Tournament appearances during her tenure and this past season (2008-09), she served as the squad's bench coach and handled the daily operations for several games at the end of the year while head coach Tracey Dorow was away on maternity leave. With Harris at the helm, the sixth-seeded Bulldogs upset third-seeded Northwood in the opening round of the conference tournament on the road to advance to the semifinals for the third-straight year.
A native of Vista, Calif., Harris arrived at FSU with significant playing experience on the professional level. She formerly played professionally for a season in the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) for the San Diego Siege. Additionally, she played internationally in Switzerland for Club Elfic, Fribourg. Harris also played in Demark for Club HBC.
Harris, who led both of her international teams in scoring and rebounding, helped guide the San Diego Siege to a first place league finish while her Club HBC squad earned a bronze medal in Denmark.
A 2005 graduate of the University of California-Riverside with a degree in Sociology, Harris was a three-time All-Big West Conference honoree for the Highlanders at the NCAA Divison I level. The two-time team Most Valuable Player Award recipient scored over 1,000 career points at the collegiate level and is on the school's all-time leaders list in more than 16 statistical categories.
Harris started 26 of 28 games her final season (2003-04) and finished second among Cal-Riverside's leading scorers by averaging 15.2 points per contest. She shot 43% from the floor and tallied five rebounds a game as a senior. Harris averaged 10 points or more in each of her final three seasons of collegiate action and twice served as team captain.
As a collegiate athlete, Harris was active in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) along with the SAMS (Student-Athlete Mentors) program. During her playing career, she's had the opportunity to play with and against a number of current and former WNBA players such as Ruth Riley (San Antonio Silver Stars), Becky Hammon (San Antonio Silver Stars) and Loree Moore (New York Liberty).
Harris attended high school and competed on the prep level for the Rancho Buena Vista Longhors in Vista, Calif. The four-year letterwinner was a three-time All-Palomar League recipient and a two-time all-county selection. The team captain twice earned team MVP honors and tallied over 1,000 career points on the prep level. In addition to basketball, she also participated in softball and volleyball. Harris, who received the school's female Student-Athlete of the Year Award in 2000, also received both conference and county recognition as a volleyball player. She also served as an athletic chairman.
Previously, Harris worked one season at Palomar
Community College in San Marcos, California, and was a student
coach in 2004-05 at her alma mater, UC Riverside.
Cal State Fullerton is also a member of the Big West Conference.