Winning seasons, hard work, and dedication, those are all attributes that reflect the seven seasons that Eric Harrison has been head coach of the Lehman College women’s basketball team. Continuing to build on his reputation as one of the top young coaches in the country, Coach Harrison led the Lightning to an 18-9 record, and another appearance in the CUNY conference semi-finals while being selected as the CUNY conference's Coach of the Year.
The two-time CUNY Conference Coach of the Year, Harrison runs a first class program from top to bottom. It is the goal of Coach Harrison to provide Lehman with a national contender, featuring quality student athletes. “I want Lehman to be able to contend every season,” said Harrison. “It is a goal of mine to have our student athletes continue to be successful both in the class and on the court, year after year.”
One of the reasons Harrison has been so successful is his ability to recruit some of the top players in the metropolitan area. During his time at Lehman, he has produced four CUNY Conference Rookie of the Year winners, one CUNY conference Player of the Year, a Metropolitan Sports Writer's Player of the Year, and a host of conference all-stars during his span. His strong relationships with many of the nation’s top high school programs continue to entice some of the premiere players in the area to the Lehman College campus.
The 2004-05 season saw Coach Harrison continue to add to his resume, as the thirty-four year old head coach earned his 100th career victory. Harrison, who surpassed legendary Lehman coach Ted Hurwitz as the all-time winningest coach in Lehman College history three seasons ago has elevated the Lightning program to one of the premiere programs in the region.
Coach Harrison took an active roll in developing the game of women’s basketball in the New York City area. A familiar face on the national scene, Harrison has used his strong ties to strengthen his basketball knowledge and the Lehman program. In the off-season, Coach Harrison along with men’s basketball coach Steve Schulman host a basketball camp for boys and girls at Lehman College.
In addition to his camp at Lehman, Harrison also assists such legendary coaches as C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers), and Harry Perreta (Villanova), with summer basketball clinics. The past two summers have seen coach Harrison lend his expertise at the legendary Five-Star basketball camps. A student of the game, coach Harrison is also a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Harrison is also in his sixth year as Sports Information Director at Lehman College. Coach Harrison is currently single and resides in Queens. Coaching runs in the Harrison family, as his twin brother Derrick is the former head coach at CCNY, and is currently an assistant coach at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The two made national headlines, as their match-up during the 1999-2000 season was the first known game featuring twin head coaches opposing each other.
Success stories don’t happen overnight, but the hard work and determination that Coach Harrison has placed in Lehman Basketball is taking great strides in that area. With such a determined individual, there is no question that the Lehman Basketball program will continue to shine for years to come.
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After a stellar playing career at Lehman College, Ivelisse Rosario enters her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Lehman women's basketball team. A four-year team captain, Rosario played a major role in the resurgence of Lehman College women's basketball. Rosario will assume the role as coach Harrison’s top assistant this season. Her extensive recruiting abilities have helped the Lightning land some of the premiere talent to the Bronx campus.
Rosario has the distinction of being the only
player in Lehman history to play in every game of her four-year career. Her
hard work and dedication paid off, as Rosario finished her career ranked in
several of Lehman's season and career top 10 lists. She currently holds the
record as the all-time assists leader (358) and ranks first in three point
field goals made (183).
A three-time Hudson Valley all-star, Rosario also set a Lightning record in making eight three point attempts twice in her career at Lehman; one being in the quarterfinal victory over John Jay College (02/22/02) last season.
During her four years at Lehman, the Lightning have won two Hudson Valley championships and have captured two regular season conference championships. While posting an amazing 74-25 record and going 24-2 in CUNY play over the last two seasons. Rosario will be very instrumental in the development of the Lightning guards. Her extensive knowledge of Coach Harrison's system will prove effective in her transition from player to coach.
Outside of her coaching duties, Rosario is also the assistant sports information director at Lehman College. She is also responsible for the development of the Lehman College athletic website, and is a designer for the Lehman College athletic page in the Bronx Times Weekly publication.