Julie Lewis Harris spent her entire K-12 education in the Judson Independent School district having been a Kirby Elementary Cardinal, a Kirby Junior High Falcon and a Judson High School Rocket, graduating in 1984. It was as a Kirby Cardinal that Julie began her athletic career, excelling at field days and at the elementary school inter-squad relay event.
At Kirby middle school she competed in volleyball, basketball and track and field. At Judson High School she was a standout athlete in both basketball, where she earned all-district honors, and in Track and field where she averaged 27 points a meet and set numerous city records. Under the tutelage of Coach Glenda Hodge, the Judson Girls Track and field team won many district and regional championships. Julie was named to both the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-star team and the San Antonio Light All-City Track and Field team.
As a collegiate athlete, Julie was a two-time NCAA All-American, and earned fourteen All-SEC honors as a member of the Louisiana State University Lady Tiger Track and Field Team. She won the inaugural SEC outdoor triple jump crown and helped lead LSU to its first-ever SEC Championships in Track & Field, sweeping both the indoor and outdoor team titles in 1985 and also winning both titles in 1987 and 1988. Julie competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials where she placed third in the triple jump exhibition.
After her days as a competitor, Julie continued to pour into the sport as a highly successful coach at many levels. She coached at Syracuse University and St Johns University producing five All-Americans and three Olympians. While coaching at Istrouma High School and LSU Laboratory school in Baton Rouge La, her teams won multiple district and regional titles while producing 25 district champions and 4 state champions.
Julie has received prestigious international coaching assignments including head coach for the Belize Olympic Team at the 1996 Atlanta games, Assistant Coach for the 1999 USA Indoor World Track and Field Championships in Maebashi Japan, and Head Coach for the 2000 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association team in Monterrey Mexico.
One of her proudest coaching moments was guiding fellow HOH member Kayone Hankins Carter to AAU All-American honors.
Julie also worked with USA Track and Field serving as Coordinator of women’s elite jumps development and director of the USA Junior Elite Jumps Camp.
Ms. Harris received her bachelor’s degree from LSU in 1988 and went on to earn a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University.