KATE HARRIS - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Kate Harris enters her 10th season as Alabama softball’s first full-time director of operations.
“We are very excited to have Kate Harris on our staff,” Head Coach Patrick Murphy said upon hiring Harris prior to the 2011 season. “I have always said the best quote to live by is to surround yourself with good people and good things will happen. Kate is a great person who came highly recommended.”
Harris coordinates all team travel, including processing expense reports, game contacts, monitors monthly financial budgets and reconciles Pcard purchases for sport oversight and the business office. She also organizes and facilitates all official and unofficial recruiting visits and handles each visiting teams needs throughout the fall and spring seasons. Harris monitors all activities for compliance with the University according to NCAA and SEC guidelines and logs weekly countable athletically related activities. She serves as the camp director for Patrick Murphy Softball School Summer camps and assists with other clinics throughout the fall and winter. Harris is the program’s liaison with the official booster club of Alabama Softball, the Bama Softball Walk-off Club and helps tremendously with various fundraising projects. She is also very active in Alumni affairs, striving to maintain strong relationships and support with former Alabama student-athletes and staff.
Harris joined the Crimson Tide staff after serving as an assistant softball coach at her alma mater, Creighton. For two seasons, the Waterloo, Iowa, native worked with the outfielders and hitters in addition to her role with Bluejay softball camps. In her two seasons at Creighton, she helped guide the Bluejays to back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championships and two NCAA regional appearances.
Harris was a Bluejay outfielder from 2004-07, appearing in 122 games. She was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams, helping the Jays win the MVC tournament in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Creighton also won the 2007 MVC regular-season championship with Harris as a senior leader. She received Creighton softball’s Most Inspirational Award following her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Before returning to Creighton, Harris taught at Millard West High School in Omaha, Neb., while also coaching softball and basketball at Millard West.
Harris received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from Creighton University in 2007. She also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences with a graduate certification in conflict management, negotiation and mediation from The University of Alabama (2017).
Harris and her husband, Korey, currently reside in Tuscaloosa, Ala., along with their son, James William, and dog, Kirby. Korey played collegiate soccer at Creighton University (Cullman High School) and later received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Information Sciences from The University of Alabama. He is a Chiropractic Physician and works at Precision Chiropractic in Pelham, AL (D.C., Life University).