CONCORD, N.H. – NHTI – Concord’s Community College is proud to announce that our Lynx men’s basketball coach Irvin Harris has been named the Yankee Small College Conference Coach of the Year in his first season as head coach.
“Harris is an extraordinary mentor and developer of young people on and off the basketball court,” says Ed Winters, NHTI’s director of Athletics. “NHTI is very fortunate to have Coach Harris guiding the men’s basketball team. Under his watch the program is set up perfectly to continue the rich basketball history for the Lynx.”
Harris led this year’s team to an impressive 11-3 conference record, tying for first in the YSCC. The Lynx dominated, boasting the highest scoring offense in the YSCC with an average of 86.2 points per game. They also led the conference in rebounds per game with 45.2 and steals with nearly 12 per game. NHTI’s team has been awarded for their successful regular season by being named the #6 seed in the upcoming United States Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament, happening March 12-16.
Harris hails from Omaha, Neb., where he played football and basketball at Omaha Central High School (1975-77) and was influenced by the stalwart African American athletes such as Les “Pee-Wee” Harrison, Marlin Briscoe, Gale Sayers, and Bob Boozer. Harris still embodies the close bond between community and athletics fostered in Omaha.
Referees and coaches around the conference have nothing but praise for Harris, often describing him as the nicest person they’ve ever spoken to.
“We were excited to have Coach Harris step up to assume the head coaching duties for our men’s program,” said Paul Hogan, Harris’s predecessor as Lynx men’s basketball coach. “Harris is a trusted coach with a deep passion for the game. He is well known in recruiting circles and for his dedication to the game of basketball, his players and the greater NHTI community.”
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