Colleen Harris enters her sixth season as the head coach for the Beacons in 2015-16. A standout college player, Harris has worked tirelessly on building the women's ice hockey program into a championship caliber team. In just four seasons, she has brought in a talented group of players who are driven to improve all facets of the program.
Last season, Harris once again led her Beacons to the conference tournament semi-finals, after handing Manhattanville College a 3-2 loss in the first round of the ECAC East Tournament. She would also see her Beacons earn their first ever national ranking (14th), after starting the year off with a 5-1 record.
The 2013-14 campaign marked the second-most successful season for Harris' squad as they posted a 12-win season and a 7-8-1 mark in the conference. Her Beacons would shutout Manhattanville College in the first round of the ECAC East tournament, before narrowly falling to Norwich University. During the regular season, they would put together a nine-game unbeaten streak, which included a 0-0 overtime draw with the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), who competed in the 2013 Frozen Four.
Prior to being named the Interim Head Coach in 2010-11, Harris served as the Head Coach of Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. It was in her first season with the Beacons that she saw unprecedented success as she led UMass Boston to an impressive 14-11-1 mark with only 16 total skaters on her roster. The unit compiled several impressive wins including a 3-1 victory over #10 Manhattanville College for the program's first-ever victory over the ECAC East perennial powerhouse.
From 2004 through 2009, Harris was a member of the Boston College women's ice hockey team that captured three Beanpot Championships, made two NCAA tournament appearances while advancing to the Frozen Four in 2007. She was named the Eagles team captain for the '08-'09 campaign and was also honored that season as BC's Unsung Hero while receiving the team's Outstanding Senior award. On top of those honors, Harris received the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award following her senior season.
While at Nichols Harris served as the assistant coach before being promoted to the head position in May of 2010. She also served as an assistant coach for the Bison's women's lacrosse program in that year as well.
During the summer of 2010, Harris served as an Intern Coach at the U17 USA Hockey Select Camp in Saint Cloud, MN in June as well as the Head Coach for the U14 USA Select Camp in Rochester, NY in July.
Since 2008, Harris has also worked closely with former NHL player Jeff Serowik at Pro Ambitions Hockey, instructing players at summer camps and skill sessions throughout the year.
Harris graduated with a BA in Communications & Marketing and a Masters of Administrative Studies from Boston College in 2009. A native of Buffalo, NY, Harris currently resides in Boston and holds a Level 4 Coaches Certification. She also serves as the Director of Player Development for Massachusetts State Hockey.