Kellie Harper

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Kellie Jolly Harper
Sport(s) Women's college basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Missouri State
Biographical details
Born (1977-05-03) May 3, 1977 (age 38)
Sparta, Tennessee
Playing career
1995–1999 Tennessee
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2004–2009 Western Carolina
2009–2013 NC State
2013–present Missouri State
Head coaching record
Overall 200–162 (.552)
Accomplishments and honors
2007 SoCon Champions (WCU)
2005, 2009 SoCon Tournament Champions (WCU)
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 Sparta, 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.

On April 10, 2013, Harper was named head coach of the Missouri State University Lady Bears. Missouri State is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Kellie Harper's career record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Western Carolina (Southern Conference) (2004–2009)
2004–05 Western Carolina 18–14 10–10 T-5th NCAA 1st Round
2005–06 Western Carolina 10–20 9–11 5th
2006–07 Western Carolina 24–10 15–3 1st WNIT Second Round
2007–08 Western Carolina 25–9 15–3 2nd WNIT First Round
2008–09 Western Carolina 21–12 14–6 T-3rd NCAA 1st Round
Western Carolina: 98–66 (.598) 63–33 (.656)
NC State (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2009–2012)
2009–10 NC State 20–14 7–7 T-5th NCAA 1st Round
2010–11 NC State 14–17 4–10 10th
2011–12 NC State 19–16 5–11 9th WNIT Second Round
2012–13 NC State 17-17 7-11 7th WNIT Second Round
NC State: 70-64 (.522) 23-39 (.442)
Missouri State (Missouri Valley Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Missouri State 14-17 8-10 T-6th
2014–15 Missouri State 18-15 13-5 3rd WNIT First Round
Missouri State: 32-32 (.500) 21-15 (.583)
Total: 200–162 (.552)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Kellie Harper Bio on, accessed January 12, 2011
  2. ^ Nixon, Rick. "Official 2022 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 

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