Richard Harris, the head gymnastics coach at the Aim High Academy in East Greenwich, R.I., enters his 10th year as an assistant coach with the Brown University gymnastics program in 2015-16.
While with the Bears, Harris has helped coach the team to back-to-back Ivy Classic titles in 2013 and 2014 and aided Brown in claiming its first-ever ECAC Championship crown in 2014. Harris has guided a number of standout gymnasts over the years, including 2008 Olympic silver medalist Alicia Sacramone who competed at Brown during the 2007 season.
At Aim High Academy, Harris's main responsibilities lie in developing and maintaining Aim High's Junior Olympic Program, as well as its elite program. He has also coached gymnastics at the Woodward Camp since 1985. In 1991, Harris founded the Harris Agency, where he handles sports management and marketing, as well as contract negotiations and career management for his clients.
Harris also served as a technical advisor coach with the United States Ski and Snowboard Federation where they won five of the six medals available in the men's and women's half pipe during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Park City, Utah. One of his athletes, Hannah Teter, won the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Harris attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and participated on the men's gymnastics team for three years, as well as on the football team for one. He then served as an assistant gymnastics coach at Southwest Texas State University from 1985-86 and West Virginia University from 1987-88.
With his collegiate athletic experience and coaching background, Harris brings a wealth of knowledge to the Bears program. Harris resides in Carolina, R.I., with his wife Kasia and sons Theodore and Adam.