|Kellie Jolly Harper|
|Sport(s)||Women's college basketball|
May 3, 1977|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2007 SoCon Coach of the Year (WCU)
Kellie Jolly Harper (born Kellie Jean Jolly on May 3, 1977) Harper is the head coach of the Missouri State University Lady Bears, and the former head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team.
Born in Cookeville, Tennessee, Harper is a graduate of White County High School in Sparta, Tennessee, where she earned many honors as a high school basketball player and ranked third academically in her graduating class.
In college, she was one of the starting point guards for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during their three consecutive NCAA women's national championships from 1996–1998. In 1997, Harper was named to the Final Four All Tournament team.
On January 28, 2008, Kellie earned her 66th win, passing Beth Dunkenberger as the second winningest women's basketball coach in Western Carolina history with a 60–49 victory over College of Charleston at the Ramsey Center.
She married Jon Harper in 1999. He served on her coaching staff at Western Carolina and at NC State.
NC State athletic director Debbie Yow fired Harper after four years on March 26, 2013, after Harper compiled an overall record for the Wolfpack of 70-64 but only 23-29 within the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Kellie Harper's career record
- Kellie Harper Bio on Catamountsports.com, accessed January 12, 2011
- Nixon, Rick. "Official 2022 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 22 April 2012.