Betsy Harris is entering her second season as the head coach of the Florida Southern women's basketball team in the 2015-16 season after helping the Moccasins improve in the win column during her first season.
After being named the seventh head coach in the program's 37-year history, Harris' Mocs went 13-14 overall and 7-9 inside the Sunshine State Conference during the 2014-15 season. That is after a 7-20 season the year prior, which included only two wins in conference play. The team jumped out to a 6-3 start in non-conference play, including a 2-0 start at the University of Tampa's Spartan Classic to open the season in November. The Mocs also won their first two SSC games over Barry and Saint Leo to start the New Year. In February, they upset No. 24 Nova Southeastern, 78-63, and the formerly ranked Spartans, 79-54. Despite a loss in the opening round of the SSC Tournament, freshman guard Jensen Blassage, who came on strong as the season drew to a close, scored a tournament single-game high 25 points.
Harris came to Florida Southern after spending the past three seasons (2011-14) as the head coach at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga., and brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience, plus four years of overseas professional playing experience to her position with the Moccasins.
Assistant coach Courtney Strauthers enters her second season with head coach Betsy Harris at Florida Southern in 2015-16. Strauthers came to Florida Southern after spending two seasons (2012-14) as an assistant coach at Pensacola State College in Pensacola, Fla.
In her first season at FSC, Strauthers helped the Mocs improve from a 7-20 overall record to 13-14 overall. The Mocs also improved from a 2-14 SSC record to 7-9 in conference play, which included home-court upsets over then-No. 24 Nova Southeastern and formerly ranked Tampa in February.
Strauthers was a standout women's basketball player at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., earned her bachelor's degree from Alabama in 2010 in exercise sports science and received her master's degree from Alabama in 2011 in sports management.