Veteran junior college coach Brittany Harry has been hired to take over the volleyball program at Cumberland University.
Harry, head coach at Vincennes University in Indiana for the past three seasons, takes over a CU program headed by Dewayne Deering for the past 26 years.
Deering, who compiled a record of 513-372 at Cumberland, resigned his position in June.
Harry, a native of Champaign, Ill., officially begins her duties at CU on July 14.
“I would like to thank President (Harvill) Eaton and (Athletic Director) Ron Pavan for this opportunity at Cumberland,” Harry said.
“It’s a place that has enjoyed success in the past and I feel like we have can have a great deal of success with the program. I’m very excited to get started with camp in a couple of weeks and then in August when our players report to campus.”
Harry compiled an 88-38 mark with the junior college Trailblazers that included a championship game appearance in the NJCAA District F Tournament in 2012.
VU posted a 29-16 record this past season and was 31-10 in 2012 and 28-12 in 2011. Four players were named All-Region XII, two earned Region XII All-Tournament honors and one garnered Academic All-American accolades.
Harry has served as Club Director and owner of the Vincennes Elite Alliance for almost three years, promoting club volleyball in southwest Indiana, conducting non-travel training options as well as travel teams for local players and hiring and training coaching staff for the club.
She served two years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, South Carolina-Upstate, planning and executing practice, coordinating video exchange and scouting opponents. She coached two Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team members during her stay at Upstate.
Harry’s first head coaching position came at Spartanburg Methodist College where she led the Pioneers to back-to-back NJCAA Division I National Tournament appearances.
She was named NJCAA Region X Coach of the Year in 2008 and garnered District K Coach of the Year accolades in 2007 and 2008.
She also coached two Honorable-Mention All-Americans, the 2008 Region X Player of the Year, 2008 Region X Tournament MVP, four All-Region X players and six Region X All-Tournament team members.
“Brittany has proven that she can win as a head coach and that was very important during our coaching search, to find a candidate who had a proven track record,” Pavan said.
“She has accomplished a great deal as both a head coach and assistant and I believe she will elevate our program to one of great success.”
Harry served eight years as head coach at Club South during her stay in South Carolina, leading the 16U national team to a third-place finish in AAU national competition in 2010, with two members of her squad named AAU All-Americans.
She guided a national team of 14-year-olds to a Palmetto Region championship and a bid to the USAV Junior Olympic Championships in 2009 and also coached 16 All-Palmetto Region players during her tenure at Club South.
She received her bachelor’s in Communications with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in Spanish from USC-Upstate in 2009.
She is currently working on her master’s in Sports Administration from Concordia [CA] University.