Longtime LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball assistant coach Jason Harris is leaving the program. But for very good reason.
On Monday, Harris was named the new head men’s basketball coach at UMass Boston, a NCAA Division III school in Boston, Massachusetts which plays in the Little East Conference.
Harris had been part of the LIU Brooklyn coaching staff for the last seven years and beside head coach Jack Perri, was the longest tenured coach in the program. He started as LIU’s Director of Basketball Operations back in 2008 and has spent the last five seasons as assistant coach. He, along with Perri, are the only two LIU coaches to be a part of all three NEC championships from 2010-13.
Here is a photo Harris tweeted out back in summer of 2013 after LIU won their third straight NEC championship, showing all three LIU championship rings:
Harris, who is from the Boston area, returns back home and gets his second head coaching stint after being an interim head coach at Plymouth State University back in the 2007-08 season.
Jack Perri put out the following tweets after the announcement of Harris hiring at UMass Boston:
Also, Northeast Conference Senior Associate Commissioner Ron Ratner tweeted to Harris the following:
On Monday afternoon, Harris tweeted out the following message:
On a personal note, I would like to congratulate Coach Harris on his well-earned and well-deserved opportunity at UMass Boston and wish him all the success in the world. I want like to thank him for his help to myself and to Blackbirds Hoops Journal over the last nearly four years since the blog launched. As some of you may or not know, Coach Harris along with LIU coaches Chuck Bridge and Jim Mack have a playful and sometimes colorful back and forth on Twitter about my New York Jets and their New England Patriots. I wish Coach Harris good luck and as everyone else who comes through the LIU Brooklyn program in the last few years or so, we’ll be keeping tabs on him as he begin a new journey up in Boston. Good luck Coach.