Ducks Hire New Director of Sports Nutrition

EUGENE – James Harris III, who has served as coordinator of sports nutrition at the University of Nebraska for the last five years, has been named the University of Oregon's director of sports nutrition, according to the school's Director of Athletics, Pat Kilkenny.

The Huskers' former coordinator of sports nutrition since 2002 received his undergraduate degree in nutritional science and dietetics from the Lincoln, Neb., university in 2000 as well as a master's in nutrition and health sciences in 2004. He also served as a nutritionist and graduate assistant strength coach at Arizona State University during the 2001-02 academic year.

"From the moment I stepped on campus, it has been obvious to me that the goal of the department is to enhance the lives and abilities of student athletes and win championships," Harris said. "The University of Oregon is a unique family-like atmosphere and provides an excellent opportunity to work with elite athletes and coaches."

Among his duties at Nebraska, the Carson, Calif., native was in charge of the nutrition assessments and counseling of student-athletes. He also managed Gatorade's summer camp program during the summer of 2005.

The 29-year-old registered dietitian has been a member of the American Dietetics Association since 2001, has been active in the International Society of Sports Nutrition since 2003, and has been involved with the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionist association since 2004.

"I hope that I can bring a hands-on philosophy of being a part of the student-athletes lives by teaching habits that help them become healthy individuals and better athletes." Harris said.

Harris replaces Ingrid Skoog, who departed last winter to accept a position at Oregon State.

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