RIPLEY - One-time Ripley High basketball standout Kevin Harris is the new head coach of the Vikings. His hiring was approved during Thursday’s meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education.

Harris has been involved with the Viking basketball program as an assistant coach at Ripley Middle School and coached in the AAU program. He assisted with the summer program of former Viking Coach Evan Faulkner, now on the staff at Pikeville University in Kentucky.

“Coach Faulkner got the program going in a positive direction,” Harris, said. “The goal is to continue building upon that success. 

“We have great young men in the program,” he added. “I want to help our players reach their full potential not only on the basketball court, but also in the classroom and in life.”

As a player, Harris was a 3-year starter at Ripley, graduating in 1991. He went on to West Virginia University, obtaining a degree from the WVU College of Law. He will continue his 13-year practice with The Law Offices of Harris & Holmes, PLLC in Ripley.

“This is a situation where I have an opportunity to give back to a school and a community that have given so much to me,” Harris said. “There has been excitement in the program with good crowd support. We want to continue that with hard work, good defense and good shooting.”

Harris, 43, is married to Shelley, a speech therapist in Jackson County Schools. They have two children. Jaxon, 15, is a freshman at Ripley High. Avery, 12, is a sixth grade student at Ripley Middle.