STILLWATER — When the name Jimmy Harris popped up at the Stillwater Public School board meeting last week, not many people knew about the former Shiloh Christian baseball coach.
All that has changed over the course of the past week as Harris began his transition as new coach of the Stillwater High School baseball team.
From meeting parents and players on Monday to searching for a new family home, it’s been a whirlwind for the newly appointed coach. But it’s a whirlwind that he’s definitely enjoyed.
“It’s been very good,” Harris said Monday. “Everybody has been really friendly and very helpful. They’re trying to do whatever they can to make this a good transition for me, and so I’ve been really thankful so far.
“It’s been one day. We’re in the process of finding a house, and once we do that it’s going to make it a lot easier. We’re ready to get moved up here. We’re ready to get our kids up here so they can meet some guys and have some friends when they go to school. My wife is ready to get up here and meet some of the coaches wives. We’re all just ready to get up here so we can start living day to day.”
Harris may be scrambling to find a new home in Stillwater, but one thing he isn’t scrambling over is building a new coaching staff.
After meeting with parents, players and the assistants Monday, it seems most — if not all — of the members from last year’s staff will be back to help the team next season.
And for Harris, that’s a huge weight lifted off his shoulders.
“It’s very exciting to get to meet the players, the parents and the coaches that I’m going to be working with,” Harris said. “The staff that we had last year, we’re going to try to keep as many of them as we can — the ones that want to coach.