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Cape Fear Community College Athletic Director Robert McGee has named Chris Harris as the next head women’s basketball coach at CFCC.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris Harris and his family to Cape Fear Community College and into our athletic department family,” said McGee.  “Coach Harris has proven himself at every level and we look forward to him continuing to lead our women’s basketball program towards national prominence.”

Chris Harris. Photo courtesy- Sea Devil Athletics
Chris Harris. Photo courtesy Sea Devil Athletics.

Harris enters his 19th season in college coaching, and 20th overall. He arrives at CFCC after spending the 2014-15 campaign as an assistant coach at Presbyterian College, an NCAA I Division Institution in Clinton, South Carolina, where he guided the team to a 16-15 record and quarterfinal appearance in the Big South Tournament.

“I am excited and thankful to Mr. McGee for giving me this opportunity to join the women’s basketball program,” Harris said. “I am looking forward to helping this program continue to grow and build. Cape Fear is a special place, and my wife and I are looking forward to joining the Wilmington community.”

Harris also completed one of the most successful four-year runs in the history of Volunteer State Community College. His four-year record of 82-29 included three seasons of at least 20 wins, culminating into a NJCAA National Tournament appearance in 2013. The appearance marked only the third in school history and first since 1993. During the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 seasons, Volunteer State finished ranked in the NJCAA Top 25 academically, as well.

Harris will become the second women’s coach in the program’s history at Cape Fear Community College, replacing Lori Drake, who stepped down earlier this year. Drake resigned from the position to serve as an assistant under the direction of High Point University Head Coach DeUnna Hendrix.

Drake built the Sea Devils’ program from the ground up with its first season of competition coming in the 2012-13 season. During her tenure at CFCC, she led the team to a 54-29 record. Drake left the program on a high note. The Brookneal, Va. native lead the squad to a 26-7 record and a No. 12 national ranking in 2014-15.

Drake also played college basketball at UNCW.