|Alma Mater:||South Florida|
Marsha Harper joined the University of Richmond women’s soccer coaching staff before the start of the 2016 season.
In her first season, Harper helped guide the 2016 Spider squad to nine wins, nearly doubling the win total from 2015. The Spiders' four conference wins were the most since 2012 when the team finished with a 4-4-1 conference mark.
Before coming to Richmond, Harper played at both the University of Florida and South Florida, and joins the Spiders after one-year coaching stints at Bowling Green State University and Northwestern State University. A defender in college, she focuses on the defensive aspects of the game and incorporates her experience in strength and conditioning and exercise science.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Harper was a student-athlete for the Florida Gators before transferring to South Florida in 2011.
After wrapping up her playing career, Harper volunteered as an assistant coach in the spring while also serving as a staff coach for the Future 50 Soccer Camp. That summer, she also served as the developmental director for the FC Tampa Rangers Soccer Club U13 team and an assistant coach for the U14 and U9 teams.
Outside of soccer, Harper also has experience in personal training. She served as the personal training intern at Fitness Solutions Tampa in the summer of 2011 before working as the strength and conditioning intern at USF in the summer of 2013.
Harper earned her bachelor’s degree in applied science and her master’s degree in exercise science at South Florida.