Jay Harris joined the Chattanooga Mocs athletics department in the newly-created role of Director of Major Gifts in July 2011. His initial focus was on the completion of the golf Player Development Complex, but it has since shifted to the entire department.
The Player Development Complex opened in December 2009. It is a cooperative effort between the university, city and the First Tee of Chattanooga. Harris also increased support for the nationally-renowned men’s and women’s golf programs.
Jay came from Troy University where he was a graduate assistant for external relations from 2009-2011 while completing his MBA. His main duties were to the assist the director of development/annual giving in a variety of areas including the Trojan Warrior Campaign and Trojan Seat Licensing program.
He also helped plan and coordinate special events such as Trojan Football Appreciation Night and the Larry Blakeney Golf Classic. He was also active working in major gifts and ticketing. He assisted with capital campaign and prospect research as well as handling student ticket sales for the 2010 GMAC and 2010 New Orleans Bowl games.
Harris also got his undergraduate degree in marketing at Troy where he was a student-athlete. He was a stalwart on the Trojans’ golf team with one win included in six top five and 13 top 10 career finishes. He ranked as the No. 2 freshman and sophomore in the Sun Belt Conference and ranked among the nation’s leaders in fairways hit and greens in regulation during the 2007 season.
He is known as a huge advocate of junior golf. Along with teaching at many junior clinics alongside his mentor Chris Burns, Harris served on the tournament committee for the Press Thornton Future Masters (2006-2009).
A native of Killen, Ala., Jay is single and resides in Hixson, Tenn.
Updated June 2014