Robin Harmony enters her third season as women’s basketball coach at Lamar after being named to the position on April 30, 2013.
Harmony has enjoyed plenty of success in her first two seasons at Lamar, winning a Southland Conference regular-season championship and competing in the WNIT in her first campaign and following that with a second-place conference finish this past season.
Harmony coached a pair of All-Southland Conference players in each of her first season, as guard Gia Ayers was named to the first team and forward Dominique Edwards was a second-team selection in 2013-14, while JaMeisha Edwards was a first-team choice and Dominique Edwards was a third-team choice.
Harmony’s success prompted Lamar Director of Athletics Jason Henderson to sign her to a contract extension this spring, ensuring that Harmony would stay at Lamar through the 2017-18 season.
Harmony came to Lamar from St. Thomas University, where she spent six seasons as the school’s first-ever women’s basketball coach, posting an impressive 131-48 record. Harmony, a two-time Sun Conference Coach of the Year, led the Bobcats to three appearances in the NAIA National Championships.
The Bobcats never had a losing season under Harmony, and went 27-4 with a perfect 14-0 Sun Conference record in her last season before losing in the first round of the NAIA National Championships.
A defensive-minded coach, Harmony’s philosophy paid office at St. Thomas as the Bobcats twice ranked second in the nation in scoring defense and twice were in the top five for steals per game, 3-point field-goal percentage defense and turnover margin.
Prior to her time as head coach at St. Thomas, Harmony spent 18 seasons on the coaching staff of her alma mater, the University of Miami, the last 12 seasons as associate head coach. Harmony acted as interim coach for two games in her final season with the Hurricanes, posting victories in both contests.
During her time at Miami, Harmony helped the Hurricanes win three Big East regular-season championships, two Big East Conference Tournament Championships, reaching the postseason seven times and advance to the Sweet 16 on one occasion.
Harmony, who was assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator for one season at Fairleigh Dickinson, was a standout player for the University of Miami. The first women’s basketball player inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame, Harmony totaled 1,308 points, 750 rebounds, 445 assists and 314 steals in a school-record 125 games.
Harmony still holds the school record for assists in a game with 14 in a contest against Florida International University on Dec. 4, 1982. She is 10th in career points and fifth in career rebounds at Miami.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in education and recreation form Miami, Harmony played one season of professional basketball in England, helping her club, the Avon Cosmetics, win a league championship while earning Most Valuable Player Honors.
Harmony, who earned a master’s degree in sports administration from St. Thomas, is a graduate of Hershey (Pa.) High School, where she was a three-year starter.