Jon Harper enters his fourth season as an assistant women's basketball coach at NC State for the 2012-13 campaign. He is one of the Wolfpack's primary recruiters, while he also coaches the backcourt players and has the task of making the Pack's always challenging schedule each season.
Continuity is the key to a solid coaching staff, and you can find that right here at NC State. Harper and his wife, Wolfpack head coach Kellie Harper, have worked side-by-side as coaches for the last 11 seasons. In addition, 2012-13 will also mark the ninth-consecutive season that the Harpers have worked on the same staff with Stephanie McCormick, the programs recruiting coordinator, and L'Tona Lamonte, the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at NC State.
Since arriving in Raleigh, Harper has helped lead four different NC State players to numerous accolades, including all-conference, all-freshman team, all-tournament postseason honors and a Freshman of the Year award.
Coach "Jon" helped his first NC State team to the NCAA Tournament with a 20-14 record during the 2009-10 campaign. A team that was predicted to finish ninth in the preseason, the Pack wound up tied for fifth in the ACC standings with a 7-7 record.
The 2011-12 campaign saw State return to postseason play, making it into the second round of the Women's NIT, and finishing with a 19-16 overall record.
Under Harper's tutelage, guard Marissa Kastanek was named 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year, while back court mate Brittany Strachan led the conference in three-point shooting that season.
Prior to NC State, Harper spent five years as an assistant coach at Western Carolina with Kellie, and before that three seasons at Chattanooga, before heading to Western Carolina with Kellie for the 2004-05 campaign.
During his time at Western Carolina, Harper worked with the backcourt players and helped produce five all-conference selections and the Southern Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.
Harper got the coaching bug while serving as a manager at Auburn for three seasons from 1996-99, and he worked his way up to numerous administrative responsibilities with the team.
While working with the Lady Tigers, Auburn compiled a 58-29 record that included the 1997 SEC Tournament Championship and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and 1999.
Harper joined the Auburn team as manager starting in 1996-97 team and worked up to head manager in 1998-99. That season Harper was charged with increasing responsibilities that included overseeing the men's team that scrimmaged the Lady Tigers. He eventually served an internship with the coaching staff.
Harper earned his bachelor's degree in health promotion/sports management in March 1999 and in May of that year married the former Kellie Jolly.
After receiving his degree, Harper taught physical education and was an assistant football coach at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn. He then moved into private business before joining the basketball coaching ranks on the Chattanooga staff.