BSN SPORTS, the nation’s largest direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to the school and league markets and a division of Varsity Brands, today announced that Craig Harris, a former Division 1 swimmer with 20 years of coaching experience, has joined the company as a sales professional focused on swimming to enhance relationships with customers, vendors and others, and expand the company’s footprint in the fast-growing swim market.
After finishing his collegiate career at the University of Louisiana Monroe – where he helped lead the team to multiple Top 25 finishes and was a caption as a junior and senior – Harris, now an American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 5 coach, began in the high school ranks and got his first head job in 2000 at Plano Senior High School (PSHS) in Texas. In his seven years at PSHS, the program’s highlights included 12 district titles combined for the boys’ and girls’ teams, and 28 High School All- Americans. Since 2007, Harris has had coaching stints with LSU, Lewisville High School and various aquatic clubs, where he coached All-Americans, state record breakers and several qualifiers for Junior Nationals, Nationals and Olympic trial events.
Joel Morace, BSN SPORTS Swim Category Manager, responsible for expanding the reach of the Swimming Division commented, “Craig brings a great amount of experience in the world of swimming and is very versatile, as he has coached and competed at the college and high school levels. He has so much to offer with more than two decades of experience, and we’re thrilled to have him join our team. He will play a major role for us as we continue to grow our footprint in the swim space.”
Harris joins a growing Swimming Division team at BSN SPORTS, where Olympic swimmer and 12-time World-Record holder, Jessica Hardy Meichtry, joined the team as the official Swim Brand Ambassador in February of this year.
“I joined BSN SPORTS to help coaches, plain and simple,” Harris commented. “I spent 20 years coaching swimming full time and I definitely have an appreciation and respect for how hard our coaches work. I’ve been in their shoes. BSN has the resources in place to help each coach maximize their time, so teams can reach their full potential. When I work with a coach to service their team, I feel like I’m a part of each team and able to contribute more value than just selling them swim gear.”
If you’re ready to take the hassle out of ordering team apparel and equipment or would like to learn more about BSN SPORTS Swimming Rewards Program, please contact Swim Category Manager Joel Morace at 469-729-5745 or reach him by email at [email protected].
About BSN SPORTS
Dallas-based BSN SPORTS is the leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods apparel and equipment. A division of Varsity Brands, BSN SPORTS markets and distributes its products to over 100,000 institutional and team sports customers in colleges and universities, middle and high schools, and recreational programs throughout the United States via catalog, e-commerce, and direct sales. Focused on providing game changing solutions through local partnerships, multi-brand selection and one-stop shopping for equipment and uniforms, BSN SPORTS’ more than 2,000 employees have been helping elevate participation in team sports since 1972. For more information about BSN SPORTS please visit www.bsnsports.com.
About Varsity Brands
With a mission to inspire achievement and create memorable experiences for young people, Varsity Brands elevates the student experience, promotes participation and celebrates achievement through three unique but interrelated businesses: Herff Jones, a Varsity Achievement Brand; BSN SPORTS, a Varsity Sport Brand; and Varsity Spirit. Together, these assets promote personal, school and community pride through their customizable products and programs to elementary and middle schools, high schools, and colleges and universities, as well as church organizations, professional and collegiate sports teams and corporations. Through its 8,200 dedicated employees and independent representatives, Varsity Brands reaches its individual and institutional customers each year via catalog, telesales, ecommerce sites and direct sales channels.
BSN sports is a SwimSwam partner.