Harris is a 2003 graduate of Emporia State University, where he competed on the Hornets track team as a middle distance runner. He earned all-conference honors four times and was named academic all-conference four times.
Following his time at ESU, he coached one season at Jefferson City High School in Jefferson City, Mo., helping the squad to a 4A team state championship. While there, he also coached the boys' sprint group that captured the 4x400 state title.
Harris, who also received his master's degree in sports administration from Wichita State, resides in Birmingham with his wife, Kayla, and their one-year old daughter, Lillian.