2016 National Conference

Robert Harris

Basketball Strength & Conditioning Coach, University of Kentucky

Presentation Summary:

Ways to gain a performance edge when there is not a lot of time. Basketball has a hectic schedule, but that doesn’t mean training should not be consistent. This presentation will discuss how to build an elite athlete from the weight room to the basketball court.


Robert Harris is in his second season as the strength and conditioning coach for the men's basketball team.

Harris came to the University of Kentucky after serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for football at the University of Arkansas.

Prior to his stint at Arkansas, Harris worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals for three years. With the Bengals, Harris was responsible for assisting in the development of the programs and weight room operations.

He began his career as an intern with Kentucky's football strength and conditioning program in 2009, before joining the Velocity Sports Performance staff. With Velocity, he assisted head performance coaches with workouts and assisted with development programs for NFL draft prospects.

Harris then joined the staff as an intern with Ohio State's football program, assisting with the coordinating and implementation of strength training and conditioning programs for the Buckeyes.

He is certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Weightlifting Club Coach, National Association of Speed and Explosion and Functional Movement Screen. He is also a certified Strength and Coach through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Harris is a 2009 graduate of Kentucky State University with a bachelor of arts in physical education. He earned a master's degree at Eastern Kentucky University in sports administration in 2010.

He and his wife, Maria, have two daughters, Anaya and Alaya.