Chelsea Harris is entering her first year as the Illinois State women's golf assistant. Harris comes to Illinois State by way of Iowa, where she was a decorated player and instructor for their summer golf program.
A Bloomington, Ill., native, Harris was a member of the three-time state championship University High School golf team. In addition to being a letterwinner all four years, she was a two-time most valuable player and conference champion. Simultaneously, she worked as a pro-shop supervisor at Illinois State's own Weibring Golf Club, where she holds a course record (70).
Harris began her colligate career in Iowa in 2008, where she was a four-year letterwinner (2008-2012) and captain of their 2011-2012 squad. She boasted a top-10 finish at the 2012 Big Ten Conference Tournament and was subsequently awarded the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. During her time there, she was also a member of the Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee, helping the Iowa administration meet the needs of their student athletes.
In 2013, Harris set her sights on professional golf qualifying and playing in both the US Women's Open and the Cactus Tour. She also placed third in the 2013 Illinois Women's open and was one shot short of the playoff for first.
That same year she returned to her job as pro-shop supervisor at the Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University where she assisted with ISU golf tournaments and instructed junior golf camps.
Harris earned a bachelor of arts in recreational management at Iowa.