Dr Kerry Harris



​​​​​​Senior Lecturer and Performance Director: Cardiff Met WFC

Telephone Number: 029 2041 7278

Email: kharris@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Kerry is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching. She is also the Performance Director for Cardiff Met WFC. Kerry joined the school in 1999 as an undergraduate and continued her studies with an MSc in Sport Coaching. Later, she went on to successfully complete a PhD and whilst doing so, a PgC THE. During her postgraduate studies, Kerry fulfilled several academic and sporting positions at the University. These included Football Development Officer, Technical Director for the Cardiff Met Football Academy and Head Coach for the women’s football programme, whilst also undertaking various other external coaching roles. Kerry holds the FAW/UEFA A and Elite Youth A License.

Research / Publications

Kerry’s research interests include the development of coaching knowledge and practice through the use of action research. Additionally, Kerry is interested in exploring and improving women’s experiences in sport coaching.


  • Harris, K., Jones, R.L., & Santos, S. (under construction). Alienation, othering and reconstituting: An alternative future for women’s coach education. Quest
  • Hunter, A., Morgan, K., Harris, K., Santos, S. & Mouchet, A. (2023). Developing the use of explicitation techniques in team games as a pedagogical tool for coaching practice. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 18 (4), 1025-1035
  • Clements, D., Morgan, K. & Harris, K. (2022). Investigating the use of Appreciative Inquiry as a process for coach development within a National Governing Body talent development programme. Sport, Education and Society, 28 (8), 972-989
  • Clements, D., Morgan, K. & Harris, K. (2020). Adopting an Appreciative Inquiry approach to propose change within a national talent development system. Sport, Education and Society, 27 (3), 286-299
  • Harris, K., & Jones, R.L. (2012). Enhancing coaches’ experiential learning through Communities of Practice (CoPs): An action research study. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert
  • Jones, R.L., Morgan, K. & Harris, K. (2012). Developing coaching pedagogy: Seeking a better integration of theory and practice. Sport, Education and Society, 17 (3), 313-329

Book Chapters

  • Morgan, K., Harris, K. & Castro, J. (in press). Action Research. In L. Nelson, R. Groom & P. Potrac (Eds.). Research Methods in Sport Coaching. 2nd Edition
  • Morgan, K., Thomas, G. & Harris, K. (2016). Albert Bandura: Observational learning in coaching. In L. Nelson, R. Groom & P. Potrac (Eds.). Learning in Sports Coaching: Theory and Application. London: Routledge

Teaching and Supervision

Kerry has taught a range of different modules across the undergraduate postgraduate programmes in sport coaching. She has held a number of different roles including Year Tutor and Programme Director. She has supervised at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is currently supervising at Doctoral level for a number of level 8 students.

Qualifications and Awards

  • AW/UEFA A and Elite Youth A License
  • PhD Sport Coaching, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
  • MSc (Hons) Sport Coaching, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
  • PgC Teaching in Higher Education, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Coaching Profile

  • ​Welsh Universities National Manager / Head Coach (2004-2010)
  • Welsh Regional Girls Squad Coach (2005-2007)
  • Great British Students Assistant Coach at the World University Games (2009)
  • Cardiff Met Football Academy Technical Director (2008-2011)
  • Cardiff Met WFC Head Coach / Performance Director (2003-Present)

During her time at Cardiff Met, Kerry has coached the women’s football club to several BUCS League and Championship titles, FAW domestic league and cup titles and also, six times secured a place in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Qualifying Rounds. 2014 and 2019 were by far her most successful coaching years, winning four out of five major competitions including the domestic treble.