Rick Harris begins his 14th season at the helm of the Knights men's basketball program. He is just the third head coach in school history.
CCRI has compiled a 251-155 overall record and 150-39 record in Region XXI play. Those victories include six Region XXI championships and two Northeast District championships, which led to two appearances in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament in Danville. Ill., in 2007 and 2012.
The 2011-12 Knights finished 31-5, setting a new school record for 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. Most recently, Harris led the 2018-19 Knights to 28-4 record, which included an 18-game winning streak entering into the Region XXI championship game.
Harris came to CCRI with more than two decades 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.
Last spring, RIBCA inducted Harris into its Hall of Fame for his accomplishments and service to Rhode Island high school basketball.
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 also served as treasurer of the RIBCA for 10 years and worked for the Los Angeles Lakers at their annual summer camp held in Santa Barbara, CA, and in Los Angeles as a camp coach and camp director from 2000 through 2015. Harris also directed the Rick Harris Hoops Skills Basketball Camp and currently is the director of the CCRI Summer Basketball School.
Harris earned degrees from CCRI, Rhode Island College and Providence College. In addition to his duties at CCRI, he serves as 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, Michael and Olivia.
Marcus Douthit: Assistant Coach
Marcus Douthit joins the CCRI coaching staff for his first season following 14 years of playing professionally.
He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (54th overall pick) in the 2004 NBA Draft. He ended up playing in Belgium in his first year as a professional. In his second year as a pro, he played in the NBA D-League for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds under head coach Michael Cooper in the 2005-06 season, leading them to a league championship. He also played in several European countries, including Turkey and Russia.
In addition to playing in Europe, Douthit also played in Asia, where he had a stint in South Korea in 2006-07 for the Daegu Orions. In 2010, he returned to his native Philippines and played for the men’s national team, Smart Gilas, where he earned the MVP award in the 2010 Champions Cup. A year later, he joined the Foshan Dralions in China before returning to the Philippines in 2015 to play for Blackwater Elite, winning the 2015 PBA Commissioners Cup. His last stop in Asia was in 2017, when he played for the Hanoi Buffaloes, a Vietnamese team that competes in the Thailand Basketball Super League.
At the college level, Douthit played under head coach Tim Welsh at Providence College and earned the team’s Marvin Barnes Defensive Player Award in his junior and senior seasons. Douthit will use his experience as a collegiate and professional player and give insight to mold this year’s young CCRI basketball squad. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Science.
Douthit resides in Mansfield, MA.
Josh Perry: Assistant Coach
Josh Perry returns to the CCRI men's basketball coaching staff for his fourth 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.
Prior to college, 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.