|Born||May 3, 1977|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Kellie Jolly Harper (born May 3, 1977) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head women's basketball coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols. Prior to coaching at Tennessee, she served as head coach of Missouri State, NC State, and Western Carolina.
Born Kellie Jean Jolly in Sparta, Tennessee, she is a graduate of White County High School in Sparta, 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 to 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.
On April 10, 2013, Harper was named head coach of the Missouri State Lady Bears, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. Beginning with the 2014–15 season, she led the Lady Bears to five consecutive top-three finishes in the MVC and five consecutive postseason trips, including berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2019.
The 2018–19 season proved to be a career year for Harper. The Lady Bears finished the regular season 20–9 (16–2 MVC), after starting the season 1–7. Harper was voted the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year for her efforts. She became the first Missouri State coach to win the award since Cheryl Burnett in 1994. After defeating top-seeded and nationally ranked #24 Drake Bulldogs in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Finals, Harper's team received an 11–seed in the Chicago Region. Harper guided the Lady Bears to the Sweet Sixteen with upset wins over 6–seed DePaul and 3–seed Iowa State Cyclones, in games in Ames, Iowa. The Lady Bears fell to 2–seed Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen. Harper was named the Kay Yow Coach of the Year award winner for 2019.
In 1999 she married Jon Harper, a member of her coaching staff at Western Carolina, North Carolina State, Missouri State, and Tennessee. She has two children, Jackson and Kylie.
Head coaching record
|Western Carolina Catamounts (Southern Conference) (2004–2009)|
|2004–05||Western Carolina||18–14||10–10||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|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 First Round|
|Western Carolina:||97–65 (.599)||62–32 (.660)|
|NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2009–2012)|
|2009–10||NC State||20–14||7–7||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|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 Lady Bears (Missouri Valley Conference) (2013–2019)|
|2014–15||Missouri State||18–15||13–5||3rd||WNIT First Round|
|2015–16||Missouri State||24–10||14–4||T-2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2016–17||Missouri State||16–15||12–6||3rd||WNIT First Round|
|2017–18||Missouri State||21–12||15–3||2nd||WNIT Second Round|
|2018–19||Missouri State||25–10||16–2||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Missouri State:||118–79 (.599)||78–30 (.722)|
|Tennessee Lady Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (2019–present)|
|2019–20||Tennessee||21–10||10–6||T–3rd||Postseason not held due to COVID-19|
|Tennessee:||21–9 (.700)||10–6 (.625)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
- Kellie Harper Bio on Catamountsports.com, accessed January 12, 2011
- Nixon, Rick. "Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
- "Harper Named MVC Coach of the Year". Missouri State. March 14, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- "The Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award | College Basketball Awards | CollegeInsider.com". www.collegeinsider.com. Retrieved April 9, 2019.