|Title:||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
Dana Harris begins his fourth season as assistant coach of the Suffolk University men’s basketball team in 2017-18.
Harris’ third season was one for the record books as the Rams put together the most wins (15-12) in over a decade, while having the best conference showing since 2005-06 with a 9-7 league ledger. In its sixth straight GNAC postseason appearance, the sixth-seeded Rams played their way to the semifinals for the first time under Juron and fourth-time in program history.
After its semis run, the history continued with a the first trio of student-athletes picking up all-league accolades headlined by Brendan Mulson’s GNAC Rookie of the Year nod. Second-team selection Thomas Duffy and third-team honoree Michael Hagopian, meanwhile, were the first pair of Rams to garner all-conference accolades in the same season in the Juron era and since 2001-02.
In his second season on Juron’s staff, Harris helped Suffolk to its fifth consecutive GNAC Tournament trip with a 7-19 overall record and 6-12 league ledger. Highlights from the 70th Suffolk men’s basketball season include Michael Hagopian’s back-to-back 30-plus point performances, a feat which happened for the first time in over a decade, along with the sophomore second-team All-GNAC distinction. As a squad, the Rams were awarded the conference’s Institutional Sportsmanship Award, taking home the accolade for the first time, as well as a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, for achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 academic year.
During his first season on the bench of Suffolk’s program the Rams turned on the engines at just the right time. Sitting at 4-15 heading into February, Suffolk won four of its final six to improve to 8-17 overall and 6-12 against conference competition to clinch the seventh seed in the GNAC Tournament.
For the tournament’s quarterfinals Suffolk ventured to second-seeded Lasell February 23, who the Rams just upset four days earlier in a 67-66 thriller. History did not repeat itself, however, as the Lasers held off the Rams, 78-64, to end the blue-and-gold’s run and season at 8-18 overall.
Harris helped coach Rams’ to individual milestones along the way. Senior Caleb Unni, a four-time GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team selection, punched tickets to Suffolk’s 1,000-point club and 100-game status the same day. Classmate Adam Chick also played in his 100th career game, while fellow senior Jake Meister earned a spot on the conference’s second team.
Prior to signing on with the Rams, Harris worked as the Lead Group Trainer for iHoop Academy, LLC, a specialized basketball academy that strives to assist players in accomplishing their basketball goals in a fun and educational environment. Specializing in one-on-one coaching, he trained players at every caliber including overseas professionals, Division I student-athletes and elite high school players.
Harris burst onto the collegiate coaching scene as a student manager of the University of Massachusetts men’s team in 2008-10. With the Minutemen, he had a chance to work in all the areas of a collegiate coaching staff including recruiting, film breakdown, fundraising and day-to-day operations. Harris was also required to have his sneakers laced and ready to go to participate in practices.
After his time with UMass, Harris has accumulated five years of coaching experience in the high school ranks.
Harris earned his Bachelor’s in Sociology from the UMass Amherst in 2010.
Off the hardwood, Harris, who calls Mattapan, Massachusetts home, works with Playworks Massachusetts. As Program Coordinator, he plans, teaches and participates in sports based programming during recess, in school and after school at a public elementary school in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.