In just three short seasons, Betsy Harris has engineered one of the most impressive turnarounds in the country. Since assuming the role of head coach at Florida Southern in 2014-15, Harris has posted a record of 60-30 and has taken the Moccasins to two-straight NCAA Tournaments.
In her first year, Florida Southern finished 13-14 and earned a win over No. 24 Nova Southeastern. The 13 wins were six more than the team had in the year prior to her arrival (7-20). The next two years saw the Mocs go a combined 47-16 (.746) and make two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the Elite Eight in her second season. During that magical run, FSC defeated Kentucky State, Tampa and No. 11 Benedict in succession to win the South Region. Harris was named as the SSC Co-Coach of the Year for her team's performance in 2015-16.
During her time at Florida Southern, Harris has coached six all-SSC selections, including the 2016 SSC Freshman of the Year, Camille Giardina. Two of her players, Jensen Blassage and Shaquita Snow, earned NCAA South Region all-tournament honors in 2016, and Blassage was named MVP of the regional. Giardina was a Division II Bulletin honorable mention all-America selection a season ago.
The Mocs have won eight SSC Offensive Player and four SSC Defensive Player of the Week awards since Harris' arrival, and Florida Southern has also been impressive in the classroom, with 22 players earning a spot on the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll. Harris' teams have finished ranked among the top 50 nationally in 19 different categories in her first three years, including the top 10 in field-goal percentage in 2016-17 (10th/78.2).
Prior to her arrival at Florida Southern, Harris spent three years as the head coach at Coastal Georgia, where she compiled an overall record of 68-27, including back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Harris was the first coach in any sport in Coastal Georgia history to lead her team to a berth in the NAIA National Tournament when she took the Mariners to the postseason in 2012-13 after going 24-9.
In her final season at Coastal Georgia, Harris led her squad to a school record 25 wins (25-8), set a school record with 15-straight wins, advanced to the finals of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament, and a ranking as high as No. 15 in the nation.
During her stint at Coastal Georgia, Harris coached the school's first-ever SSAC Player of the Week, along with Coastal Georgia's first-ever all-American, all-SSAC and all-SSAC Tournament honoree.
Harris got her start in the coaching ranks at West Alabama (1999-2001), where she served as a graduate assistant for one year before being promoted to assistant coach. She also served as an assistant at Troy (2001-02) and East Central Community College (2002-03) before returning to West Alabama (2003-10), where she served as assistant coach and was eventually promoted to associate head coach/recruiting coordinator.
Following a coaching change at West Alabama, Harris spent one season (2010-11) as an assistant at Meridian Community College before heading to Coastal Georgia.
A former standout at the University of Alabama (1990-94), Harris led the Crimson Tide to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four in 1994. She was named a second team all-SEC selection as a senior, earned MVP honors at the Midwest Regional and was named to the Final Four all-tournament team.
As a player at Alabama, Harris set the school's career record for three-point field goals (272) and is tied for most three-pointers in a single game (8). She also ranks seventh in the Crimson Tide record books for career scoring (1,519 points). While at Alabama, Harris was a nominee for the Wade Trophy, given annual to the Division I Player of the Year. She also participated in trials for the U.S. National Team in 1993.
Harris played professionally for four years with teams in Greece, Iceland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, and was invited to training camp with the WNBA's Detroit Shock in 1998. A native of Decatur, Miss., Harris was an all-state player at Decatur High School, where she led the Warriors to their first-ever Mississippi Class 2A state title in 1990.
She earned her bachelor's degree in sports management from Alabama in 1995, and her master's degree in teaching from West Alabama in 2001.
Tianni Kelly is in her first year as an assistant coach with Florida Southern women's basketball. Kelly comes to Florida Southern after spending three seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, the University of Charleston (WV).
In her three seasons at UC, Kelly helped lead the Golden Eagles to 50 victories, including three-straight trips to the Mountain East Conference tournament. She helped coach six all-MEC selections and one CoSIDA/Capital One Academic all-America selection (Nichole Perry - 2015).
Prior to joining the coaching staff at UC Kelly spent five seasons with the Golden Eagles as a forward, making two appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament (2011, 2014) and winning the 2011 WVIAC regular-season title.
A 2014 graduate of the University of Charleston with a degree in business and sport administration, Kelly also earned her masters in business and leadership from UC in 2015. She is the older sister of former Moccasin men's basketball standout Tyler Kelly.