Rick Harris begins his 13th season at the helm of the Knights men's basketball program
and is just the third head coach in school history.
Under his leadership, CCRI has compiled a 223-151 overall record and 125-36 record in Region XXI play. Those victories include five Region XXI championships and two Northeast District championships, which led to two appearances in the NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament in Danville, Ill., in 2007 and 2012.
The 2011-12 Knights finished 31-5, setting a new school record for most wins by a CCRI basketball team. In addition, the 2011-12 Knights advanced to the D-II National Championship game for the second time in school history and the first time since 1991, when Hall of Fame head coach Vin Cullen led them to the finals.
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 IA State Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and was the state finalist runner-up in 2001. The team also won four RIIL Division I League Championships in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2004. Harris was chosen as the 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 the 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, Ca., since 2000. In 2011, he was promoted to camp director by Rondre Jackson, director of player development for 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.
Chuck Watson: Assistant Coach
Chuck Watson returns to CCRI, where he last coached in 2008-09, helping guide the Knights to a 20-11 finish.
Watson boasts more than 15 years of collegiate, high school and AAU coaching experience with a resume that includes stints at CCRI, URI, Johnston High School, Davies Vocational Tech, the Times2 Academy and his alma mater, Cranston East High School. Watson has experience in multiple sports, including football, basketball and track. His expertise on the gridiron earned him a four-year stint as URI's wide receivers coach from 2005 to 2008.
His basketball coaching career started in 1992 under Jim Hopkins at Johnston, who also served as his high school coach when he was a star performer for Cranston East. In 1994, Watson served as the top varsity assistant, and the head junior varsity coach under Rick Harris at Cranston East. A former University of Rhode Island football standout who started at defensive back for URI's back-to-back Yankee Conference Championship teams in 1984 and 1985, Watson was voted to URI's "Team of the Decade" from 1980-1990 as one of the top 50 players of that era. In addition, Watson and the two teams were inducted into the Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
With a degree in human development, counseling and family studies, Watson has an extensive background in academic advising at both the college and high school levels. He currently works at the University of Rhode Island's College of Engineering as a Minority Student Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. He also served as the Athletic Director at the Times2 Academy for three years.
Watson reside in Cranston with his wife, Deborah, and two children, Bianca and CJ.
Josh Perry: Assistant Coach
Josh Perry returns to the CCRI men's basketball coaching staff for his third year
after serving as a volunteer assistant during the 2014-15 season.
Perry played two seasons at CCRI from 2010 through 2012 as a backup guard, appearing in 42 games. Last year, Perry helped with statistical entry and aided with game reports for the team. His experience with community college athletics in addition to his expertise as a player make him a valued asset to the CCRI coaching staff.
Before playing collegiately, Perry played basketball and ran track at South Kingstown High School.
Perry currently resides in Providence.
Andy Jackson: Assistant Coach/Strength Coach
One of the more well-respected coaches at CCRI, Andy Jackson brings a wealth of knowledge
both on and off the court, having trained some of Rhode Island's top high school and
college athletes through the years.
Among his most notable clients are former All-American running back Steve Silva of Holy Cross, former Boston College and Indianapolis Colts defensive back Jamie Silva, return specialist and former fourth-round NFL draft pick Will Blackmon of Boston College, former Stonehill College basketball team captain Soap Toun and former Bishop Hendrick and West Virginia basketball standout Joe Mazzulla.
In addition to his duties with the men's basketball team, Jackson trains CCRI athletes in various sports and is known for always going above and beyond the call of duty. As a result, he was named CCRI's Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season.
Jackson competed actively in bodybuilding 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
Jackson has served as a mentor to area youth for more than 25 years with experience at the Olneyville Boys Club, Washington Park Community Center and John Hope Settlement House. He also coaches in the Providence Recreation Fall League.
Jackson currently lives in Providence.