Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced Friday that Marco Harris has been promoted to director of basketball operations.

Harris spent the past two seasons as the basketball program's student-athlete welfare coordinator.

"First and foremost, Marco is someone I know extremely well and trust," Martin said. "I know his work ethic and his character, and I see this as a role he can flourish in. He's already spent two years here at Tennessee, so he's familiar with the university's policies and procedures.

"This is a great opportunity for him to grow as an administrator and serve the program in a larger capacity."
In his new role, Harris oversees team administrative responsibilities, student staff and is responsible for budgetary oversight while working closely with the athletic department's senior administration.

As student-athlete welfare coordinator, Harris worked with Tennessee's basketball student-athletes to ensure that they performed at the highest level on the court, in the classroom and as members of the community.

He functioned as the program's liaison to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center as well as UT's housing, admissions and financial aid offices.

The basketball program posted two of its best semesters on record, in terms of team GPA, during Harris' two-year stint as student-athlete welfare coordinator.

Prior to his hiring at Tennessee, Harris enjoyed success both as a private business owner and as a high school and AAU basketball coach. He also held various teaching, coaching and athletic administration positions.

Harris received an associate's degree in Business Management from Southwestern Illinois College in 1992 before going on to earn his bachelor's degree in Business Management at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1994.

He is married to the former Ramona Knight, of Frogville, Okla.