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Two join Lowe's coaching staff at NC State

Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2006

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NC State head basketball coach Sidney Lowe. Photo by Gene Galin.

Raleigh, NC - NC State head men's basketball coach Sidney Lowe has named two members to his coaching staff. Larry Harris, who has spent the last decade on the Wolfpack bench, will serve as an assistant coach, while former Wolfpack point guard Quentin Jackson has been named the Director of Basketball Operations.

Following are brief bios of both:

Larry Harris, Assistant Coach (Pittsburgh '78)

Larry Harris has spent the last 10 years as an assistant coach on the NC State staff, including serving as associate head coach last season.

The upcoming campaign will mark Harris' 22nd season as a Division I assistant coach. Harris has been on the Wolfpack sidelines for five straight trips to the NCAATournament, tying the school record.

Harris came to the Wolfpack program after serving as an assistant coach at Washington State University during the 1995-96 campaign, helping the Cougars to a 17-12 record. Prior to his stop at Washington State, he spent three years on the staff at Oregon State University. During his stint with the Beavers, he coached two of the premier scorers in the Pac-10, Brent Barry and Mustapha Hoff.

Assistant NCSU basketball Coach Larry Harris. Photo by Gene Galin.

Harris began his coaching career at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh as a volunteer assistant coach before being promoted to a full-time position in 1986. He remained at Duquesne until 1993, when he moved to Oregon State. His final three recruiting classes at Duquesne were considered the finest in the school's history.

A 1978 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Harris was a standout four-year letterman at forward for the Panther basketball team. At the completion of his career, he ranked as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,914 points. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in social studies from Pittsburgh in 1978 and went on to play two seasons in the NBA with the San Diego Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Harris lettered in both basketball and football at Clearview High School (Lorain, Ohio) and earned prep All-America honors in both sports.

Harris is the proud father of a son, Simon (20), who will be a junior on the basketball team at Elon this upcoming season, and two daughters, Raquel (12) and Mercedes (11).

Quentin Jackson, Director of Basketball Operations (NCState '91)

Former NCState guard Quentin Jackson returns to NCState as the Wolfpack's Director of Basketball Operations. Jackson was the starting point guard on the Wolfpack's 1987 ACCTournament Championship squad.

A Severna Park, Md, native, Jackson has spent the last seven years in Raleigh working for Xerox in a sales and solutions capacity. In August of 2005, he also founded the Raleigh Elite, an AAU program. He also served as the head coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School from 1997-99.

Jackson was a four-year (1985-88) letterwinner at NCState, averaging 2.0 points while dishing out 148 assists in 93 career games. He helped the Wolfpack earn the 1997 ACCTournament crown, as he averaged 6.0 points and 4.3 assists in the tournament. Jackson started the last seven games of that season at point guard.

In 1988, Jackson was the recipient of the Jon Speaks Award, which is awarded annually to the NCState player who best typifies the attributes of the late Wolfpack captain, who was killed in an automobile accident in May of 1963. He also earned the Frank Gallagher Trophy, which is given to a player 'whose performance expresses the highest level of team loyalty, dedication to his school and an attitude and spirit that inspires his teammates to never give up.'

Jackson received his B.A. in communications from NC State in 1991.

After completing his eligibility, he spent a season (1988-89) playing for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Jackson came to NCState after playing his prep ball for Hall of Fame coach Morgan Wootten at DeMatha High School in Washington, D.C.. He helped lead that squad to the No. 1 national ranking as a senior, averaging 10.5 points and 8.3 assists. DeMatha was 29-2 during his senior season, and went 27-3 as a junior. He was born on April 13, 1966.

Two join Lowe's coaching staff at NC State
Larry Harris has spent the last 10 years as an assistant coach on the NC State staff, including serving as associate head coach last season.
Photo by Gene Galin

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