Michael Harris is in his third year at Maryland as the assistant athletic director for academic support and career development.
In that role, Harris oversees the Gossett Academic Center and the academic support services for the Maryland football team.
A 2003 graduate of the University of North Carolina where he played football with current Maryland assistant coach John Dunn, Harris came to Maryland after spending the previous six years at Towson University, first as an athletics academic advisor before being promoted to assistant director of academic support services for student-athletes. There, Harris was responsible for coordinating the academic support programming for the Towson football program. Harris also coordinated the leadership development and freshmen transition programs for the athletics department.
Prior to his stint at Towson, Harris spent a year at Western Carolina University as the assistant director of academic support services for student-athletes, where he coordinated the academic enhancement and tutorial programs.
Harris was a three-year letterman at North Carolina, earning a scholarship in his final season after three seasons participating as a walk-on. A running back and safety, he was a member of the 2001 Peach Bowl Championship team and served on the team leadership panel from 2002 to 2003.
Harris, who earned a BA in communication studies at North Carolina, completed his masters of business administration at Towson in May of 2009. He and his wife, Ashley, reside in Baltimore.