Looking to provide some stability in the wake of former Head Coach Jason Brown's resignation, Independence Community College has promoted Kiyoshi Harris to the Head Coach position for the ICC Pirates. Harris, who had already been serving as Head Coach with an Interim tag since Brown's announcement, has served for the past two seasons as Associate Head Coach, Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. He was selected from a pool of approximately 50 applicants, and should step into the new role with relative ease.

Harris has coached for 22 years on the offensive line, including 16 years at the collegiate level. Prior to joining ICC, he coached for 12 years at California junior colleges, including 10 years at Chaffey College. During his time at Chaffey, he held the positions of Offensive Coordinator, Run Game Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Harris also served as an Offensive Line Coach at College of the Desert for two years and was the Tight Ends and Fullbacks Coach at the University of Redlands. In addition to his extensive coaching career, Harris also served as a classroom educator for 19 years, including 13 years teaching at the community college level.

“Coach Harris is the best choice to continue to provide the level of performance we expect of the Pirates,” said ICC President Daniel Barwick. “He is a person of experience, integrity and enthusiasm for the game.”

With his experience as Recruiting Coordinator, the Pirates should continue to bring in top-tier talent from around the country, one of the biggest reasons for the team's surprising turnaround under Brown. During this past season's game against Montgomery County rival Coffeyville, Harris was acting Head Coach while Brown served a one-game suspension after being ejected from the Dodge City matchup the week prior. His presence on the sidelines and his standing with players and fellow coaches will be assets for ICC next season and beyond.

“I am honored at this prestigious opportunity to work with a great staff and mentor a group of talented young men,” Harris said. “Independence Community College is a wonderful institution that prepares students to be intelligent and productive members of society. As a team, we will move forward and build a powerful program that will continue to compete in the elite Jayhawk Conference. My wife, Julie, and I are excited to be able to stay here and be part of this wonderful community. The city of Independence has become home for my family these last two years, and we have felt welcomed and supported here.”

In other coaching news, former Nebraska offensive lineman Matthew Finnin was hired as Offensive Coordinator. Finnin, a community college product himself, played two seasons for the Cornhuskers after two years at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He was most recently the offensive coordinator at Northland Community and Technical Collge in Thief River Falls, Minn. and should bring toughness and energy to the Pirates.