The Lexington Wildcats are 6-3 so far in the 2017-18 season as they prepare for Region play. The sixth win, a 66-39 final over Queensland on Friday afternoon will go down in history as the 600th of Head Coach Bailey Harris’ career.
For Coach Harris, it is his 31st year at the helm of the Lexington High School basketball program and it’s been a great run. Twenty seven of those 31 seasons have produced winning records, 16 with 20 or more victories.
To date over his career, Coach Harris has guided his team to many fantastic finishes with 2 ending as state champions, 4 state runner-ups, 3 state final fours, and 12 regional titles. He has a .707 winning mark in regular season games and is .656 in playoff contests.
As important as the wins are the student-athletes who have played a role during those three-plus decades. As Coach Harris leads his team into Region 5 competition, he will face three head coaches and one assistant coach who played for him. Devin Liferidge, Ben Lee, and Bret Jones are head coaches at White Knoll, River Bluff, and Dutch Fork respectively. Jason Cochcroft, previously the head coach at White Knoll is now an assistant at Dutch Fork. In addition, eight more Wildcat basketball alums are high school coaches and six have reached the college coaching level.
Congratulations to Coach Harris on another milestone in a stellar career as one of the most successful high school basketball coaches anywhere!