Rick Harris begins his tenth year at the helm of the Knights men’s basketball program. He is just the third head coach of the team in the history of CCRI men's basketball. Under his leadership CCRI has compiled a 173-114 overall record and 95-29 record in Region XXI play. Those victories include five Region XXI championships and two Northeast District championships. Those victories led to two appearances in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament in Danville, Illinois in 2007 and 2012. The 2011-12 Knights’ 31-5 record set a new school mark for most wins by a CCRI basketball team. The 2011-12 Knights 31-5 record set a new school mark for most wins by a CCRI basketball team. In addition, the 2011-12 Knights advanced to the national championship game for the second time in school history and the first time since 1991 under Hall of Fame head coach Vin Cullen.
Harris came to CCRI with more than 20 seasons of experience coaching high school basketball. He made his mark on the Rhode Island scene as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Cranston East High School from 1990 to 2006, compiling 230 wins. Under his direction, the team won three consecutive RIIL Division 1A State Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and was the state finalist runner-up in 2001. The team also won four RIIL Division 1 League Championships in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2004. Harris was chosen as Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association (RIBCA) Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Prior to coaching at Cranston East, Harris coached with Joe Hassett Sr. at Our Lady of Providence and Jim Hopkins at both Cranston High School East and Johnston High School. He began his coaching career with the Catholic Youth Organization at St. Matthew.
Harris served as treasurer of RIBCA for 10 years. He is the director of the Rick Harris Hoop Skills Basketball Camp, and has worked for the Los Angeles Lakers at their annual summer camp held in Santa Barbara, California since 2000. In 2011, he was promoted to camp director by Rondre Jackson, director of player development of the Lakers.
Harris earned degrees from CCRI, Rhode Island College and Providence College. In addition to his duties at CCRI, he is a special education teacher in the Cranston School Department.
Harris was born in Providence and resides in Cranston with his wife, Lucy, and their two children.
Andy Jackson came to CCRI after many years of training some of the top high school and college athletes in Rhode Island. Some of the many athletes who have trained under his guidance include Steve Silva (Holy Cross), Jamie Silva (Boston College), Will Blackmon (Boston College), Soap Toun (Stonehill College) and Joe Mazzulla (West Virginia). In addition, Jackson has been training many CCRI athletes both on the basketball team and many other programs. Jackson is known for always going above and beyond the call of duty and for that he was named CCRI Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season.
Jackson competed actively in bodybuilding competitions and held the titles of Mr. Eastern America, Mr. Boston and Mr. Rhode Island from 1970-72. In 1990, he finished fourth in the Mr. Rhode Island competition. Jackson graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1970 and received a Technical Arts degree from Providence Opportunity Industrial Center in 1974. Jackson has served as a mentor to young people for more than 25 years. He has been involved at the Olneyville Boys Club, Washington Park Community Center and John Hope Settlement House. He also coaches in the Providence Recreation Fall League.
Jackson is a resident of Providence.
Josh Perry returns to the CCRI men’s basketball coaching staff after serving as a volunteer assistant in the 2014-15 season. He is a former Knights’ reserve guard from 2010-12 and played in 42 games. Last year, Perry helped with statistical entry and aided with game reports for the team. His experience both with community college athletics along with talent as a player, have made him a valued asset to the CCRI coaching staff.
Before playing the college, he played basketball and ran track at South Kingstown High School. Perry currently resides in Providence.