Jon Harris, who has served on Cuonzo Martin’s coaching staff each of the last six years at both Missouri State and Tennessee, joined the California staff as an assistant coach on April 30, 2014. A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Harris was a standout on the hardwood at Marquette University before entering the coaching ranks.
In three seasons with the Vols, Harris oversaw the development of one of the top front courts in the Southeastern Conference. Under his tutelage, Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon earned All-SEC honors and left Tennessee among the program’s all-time rebounding leaders. Stokes was one of three individuals in the six power conferences to average a double-double (15.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg.) in 2013-14. Stokes finished his three-year Tennessee career ranked fourth in school history in career double-doubles (40) and eighth in career rebounds (836).
During Harris’ time in Knoxville, the Vols ranked near the top of the SEC in defensive rebounding and rebounding margin.
Harris joined Martin at Missouri State following a five-year stint on the coaching staff at Wisconsin-Green Bay under head coach Tod Kowalczyk. During Harris’ time on the staff at Missouri State, the Bears averaged more than 20 victories and captured the program’s first-ever Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship. MSU improved from 11 wins in the 2008-09 campaign to a 24-12 record and the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament title in 2009-10.
In Harris’ first season as a collegiate coach, he served on the staff at his alma mater, Marquette. The Golden Eagles finished 27-6 and reached the Final Four in his one season on the coaching staff in 2002-03.
Harris was a two-year captain as a student-athlete at Marquette, playing four seasons under head coach Tom Crean from 1998-2002. He completed his collegiate career as one of the top rebounders in the history of Conference USA with 494 career rebounds. As a senior during the 2001-02 season, Harris and teammate Dwyane Wade led the Golden Eagles to a 26-7 overall record, an NCAA Tournament berth, and a No. 9 ranking in the final Associate Press national poll. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marquette in 2002.
The 1998 St. Louis Post-Dispatch High School Player of the Year, Harris was also a USA Today honorable mention All-America selection as a senior at Edwardsville High School.
Harris and his wife Heidi, an all-conference player for the Marquette women’s basketball team from 1998-2001, have two daughters (Hailey and Leah) and a son (Jaxson).