COACH OF THE YEAR (2): 2013 (GNAC), 2016 (GNAC)
CAREER RECORD: 55-36-7 (.561)
Jenelle Harris was selected in January of 2013 as the Monks’ head coach after an extensive nationwide search and has continued the winning tradition established by the women's soccer program.
Coach Harris brings an impressive résumé of playing and coaching experience to the position. A four-year player at Centenary College - an NCAA DI program at the time - in Shreveport, Louisiana, she proceeded to coach at the high school level for six years and has coached premier soccer in Maine since 2007.
Harris holds the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A" Coaching License - the highest level one can attain - and has been employed by several prestigious youth coaching organizations, including Seacoast United, Soccer Maine ODP and Odyssey Sport '97.
In four seasons at the helm, Harris has guided the Monks to a 42-30-6 (.583) overall record with a 26-14-4 record versus conference opponents. Following her first season (2013), Harris was selected as the GNAC Coach of the Year, becoming the first rookie head coach at Saint Joseph's to garner Coach of the Year honors since men's soccer skipper Jim Mingo earned Northeast and District coaching acclaim in 1990. She also earned the 2016 GNAC Coach of the Year accolade.
She was also the first SJC women's soccer leader to earn the top coach billing since David Roussel collected Maine Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and 1999.
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Coach Harris guided the 2016 side to a 10-7-3 overall record with a 6-2-3 mark in GNAC play en route to earning the #4 seed in the GNAC Tournament. In the first round, the Monks defeated #5 Simmons College, 3-1, to snap the program's six-game postseason losing streak (dating back to 2009), but fell to eventual conference champion Lasell College in the semifinals.
Following the season, Harris was crowned as the GNAC Coach of the Year for the second time in four seasons while sophomore forward Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) was selected as the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year and collected First Team honors for the second-consecutive season. Juniors Sarah Comtois (Lowell, Mass.) and Emily DeLuca (Gorham, Maine) earned Second Team honors while senior Desiree Parent (Westborough, Mass.) and junior keeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) were listed on the Third Team.
DaGraca, who enjoyed one of the finest offensive seasons in team history as a sophomore, also claimed Second Team NSCAA All-New England honors after scoring 21 goals with 45 points overall and five game-winners.
The 2015 campaign saw the Monks go 9-10-0 overall with a 6-5-0 record in conference play under the watch of Coach Harris. Saint Joseph’s earned the #7 seed in the GNAC Tournament and faced #2 Johnson & Wales University in a quarterfinal match in Providence on October 31st. Trailing 2-0, St. Joe’s scored twice in a matter of two minutes to send the game into overtime, but the Wildcats managed to hold off the upstart Monks with a tally in the seventh minute of extra play.
Following the season, two players claimed All-Conference honors, as freshman Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) earned First Team acclaim and senior Whitney White (Salem, N.H.) was listed on the Third Team.
In 2014, Saint Joseph's went 8-10-1 overall and 5-5-1 in GNAC play en route to earning the #7 seed in the conference tournament. The Monks' campaign came to a close with a 2-0 loss at the hands of #2 Emmanuel College in the GNAC Tournament Quarterfinal round on Sunday, November 2nd.
Coach Harris led the Monks to one of the finest seasons in program history as a first-year clipboard carrier, as the SJC side went 15-3-1 overall and 9-2-0 in GNAC play under her guidance in 2013. The conference record was good for the #3 seed in the GNAC Tournament, allowing the Royal Blue to host a postseason contest for the first time since 2009. The season wins total and subsequent winning percentage both rank second in the history of the SJC women's soccer program.
Harris, the side's assistant coach for six seasons (2007-12), helped lead the program to a 55-27-12 (.671) overall record, including a 41-13-10 (.759) mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.
Originally from Texas, Harris graduated from Centenary with a BA in Psychology and an MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology from the University of North Texas.
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