JD Harris enters his 3rd year as the National Football Director for the RPA. Harris brings his NFL experience and college coaching resume to our student-athletes and their families. Harris is a graduate of Lake Forrest College where he was a Communications major and a letter winner for their football team.
While with the Cleveland Browns, Coach Harris evaluated free-agents, assisted with advanced scouting, special teams and managed personnel interns on roster board movements and player workouts. Harris worked with the Chicago Bears from 2000-2004 and maintained personal files on draft prospects. He also assisted with numerous functions of player programs, assisted with the coordination of Pre-NFL Draft meetings and worked with representatives from Nike, Champion and Reebok. Harris also evaluated NFL Europe players and assisted with player workouts. Coach Harris is a frequent visitor to the NFL combine.
At the college level, Harris has been the Offensive Coordinator at Trinity International University, the Passing Coordinator and WR/TE Coach at both Luther College and Benedictine College. He also was the WR/TE Coach at UW-Platteville.
While at Trinity, he coached Nate Edemano who now holds all TIU receiving records, and he coached Ryan Thorson, who is TIU’s all-time leader in every passing statistic. The Luther receivers posted record-setting numbers under Harris’s direction, helping Luther break passing records for both a single game (375) and an entire season (2,694). Luther’s passing game rank among the nation’s best. In 2007, his receivers were the catalyst behind an offense that ranked seventh nationally in passing and ninth in total offense, while producing the top three passing days in school history. This success was also seen during his time at UW-Platteville. The Pioneers were ranked third in the nation in offense with Harris as their WR coach.