Meridian Star

Sports

January 27, 2013

Former MCC pitcher Harris joins EMCC’s baseball coaching staff

SCOOBA —     Garrett Harris, a former standout pitcher for New Hope High School and collegiately at the University of South Alabama, has been hired as an assistant baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College, as announced this week by EMCC head baseball coach Chris Rose. Harris’ hiring has been approved by EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and EMCC Vice President/Director of Athletics Mickey Stokes.

    Hired to primarily handle the day-to-day coaching duties for the Lions’ pitching staff, Harris is reunited with Rose after the right-hander previously pitched for EMCC’s current skipper for two seasons at Meridian Community College. Most recently, Harris served as an assistant baseball coach last year on John Walker’s staff at New Albany High School. Prior to that, Harris began his coaching career as a student assistant on Mark Calvi’s South Alabama coaching staff while completing his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in December 2011.

    “I am very excited to join coach Rose’s staff at East Mississippi and be able to work for the premier athletic program among Mississippi’s junior college ranks,” Harris said. “Coach Rose is a stand-up guy and an even better coach. I continue to learn so much from him, and I look forward to working relentlessly to help EMCC’s baseball program achieve our goals both on and off the field.”

    Harris gained valuable head coaching experience last summer by rallying the Golden Triangle Jets to the tournament championship of the BNA Bank Cotton States Baseball League.

    Having originally signed with the University of Southern Mississippi following a standout prep career at Columbus’ New Hope High School, Harris produced a collective mark of 13-7 as a two-year starter on the mound for former head coach Steve Kittrell at South Alabama. In 29 career starts for the Jaguars, Harris registered an impressive 2.7:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 159 career strikeouts and only 58 walks in 195.2 innings of work. As a senior, Harris led the South Alabama hurlers with an 8-3 record along with 95 strikeouts and a 3.61 ERA. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week during the last week of April in 2011.

    Prior to his move to Mobile, Ala., Harris made 18 career appearances for Rose at MCC upon transferring from Southern Miss following a non-medical redshirt season in Hattiesburg. Harris compiled a two-year pitching record of 9-7 for the Eagles while boasting a 3:1 strikeout-to-ratio on the hill with 60 career strikeouts and just 20 bases on balls. As a sophomore for MCC’s NJCAA Region 23 championship team in 2009, Harris was second on the staff with a 5-3 mark and 47 strikeouts.

    As a four-year letterman for former head coach Stacy Hester at New Hope, Harris posted an outstanding career prep pitching record of 33-5 with 302 career strikeouts. Twice selected all-state by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and a two-time Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America selection, Harris helped lead the 2005 Trojans to a North State runner-up finish as well as first-round state championship appearances during his sophomore and senior seasons. The 2003 New Hope squad claimed the state title during Harris’ freshman year.

    Following a 9-0 record on the mound as a high school sophomore, Harris earned The Commercial Dispatch 2005 Area Player of the Year honors after registering a 10-2 record with a 1.81 ERA. As a senior, he was a Dandy Dozen preseason pick by The Clarion-Ledger en route to posting an 8-3 campaign with a 1.12 ERA.

1
Text Only
Sports
NASCAR News
Facebook
Facebook
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
SmugMug

Local Sports