Thursday, June 26, 2008
Harris teaming up with Terry at Ashland High School
By BARRY BURLESON
One year away from coaching was enough for Kevin Harris.
“I had to get back in - someway, somehow,” he said. “I missed it. I missed a lot about it.”
The former head coach of the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals is going to Ashland, where he will work as an assistant with the Blue Devils and Lady Blue Devils. He will join a good friend, longtime Ashland head coach Jessie Terry.
“He needed me, and I was available, and I think this will work out great,” Harris said. “Jessie and I go way back in this business. He’s always been one of my closest friends. I’m glad this became available. I’m happy. I can’t wait.”
The feeling is mutual.
“Kevin and I have been knowing each for years,” Coach Terry said. “I’m very excited about having him on board.”
Terry is entering his 32nd year of coaching, 21 of those at Ashland, where has built a tradition-rich program.
“Kevin will be a big asset to us,” he said. “It’s a big catch for our program - adding somebody with his track record.”
Harris produced a 129-71 overall record in six seasons at Potts Camp. His Lady Cardinals won two district championships and made four trips to the North State Tournament. He resigned after the 2006-07 season and spent a year away from the court.
He will also coach baseball at Ashland, plus teach health and physical education.
“I liked the opportunity to try something different,” Harris said. “That (coaching baseball) is something I’ve always thought about doing.”
He and his wife Stacey have three children in Potts Camp schools - Ashley, a 10th grader; Taylor, a fourth grader; and Sydney, a first grader. The opportunity to coach at Ashland means the family will not have to move.
“I had two or three opportunities that would have involved me moving, but we looked at our overall life here, and we didn’t want to move away,” Harris said. “My children are happy here.
“At Mary Reid the kids get a great foundation. I would put the staff there up against anybody’s. The new changes at the high school (principal Leigh Anne Sanderson and assistant Chris Ferrell) will be great.”
The new job will also mean Harris will be on the opposite side from Potts Camp when the Marshall County-Benton County rivals meet.
“The only weird thing is that will be in the same division with Potts Camp,” Harris said. “That’s going to be a strange feeling.”
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