John David Harris, who has spent the past two years at Wichita State as an assistant with the Shockers' cross country and track and field program, is in his first year as an assistant coach at UAB. Harris will work primarily with the UAB sprinters, hurdlers, middle-distance and field events. During his time at Wichita State, he helped the women's team capture four conference titles.
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.