Kate Harris enters her third season as the Alabama softball program's director of operations in 2014.
"We are very excited to have Kate Harris on our staff," Head Coach Patrick Murphy says. "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 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, 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. During her senior season, Harris led the Bluejays with nine stolen bases. 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' grandfather Tom Lind played basketball at the University of Iowa while her sister Molly played softball on the 1999 DePaul team that reached the Women's College World Series.
She graduated from Creighton in 2007, with a bachelor's degree in sociology.