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Jason Harris had a very successful high school career and then went on to star at Fordham University. He started one of Northern Virginia's most successful programs in PSPA and was recently named head coach at Bishop Ireton. We talked with Coach Harris about his career and his plans for the future.
695: Tell me about your coaching career...
Coach: In 2003 I began my coaching career at Montrose Christian in Rockville, Maryland before leaving to help start a program at Montverde Academy in Orlando, Florida. Coaching has been an aspiration of mine since I was young. Many of friends and family who coach basketball for a living inspired me to follow in their footsteps.
695: Tell me about the PSPA program...
Coach: I founded PSPA upon returning to Virginia from Florida. I wanted to create a basketball program that integrated what I learned from my many mentors, but allowed me the freedom to do things my way.
695: Where did you grow up?
Coach: I grew up in Falls Church, Virginia.
695: Did you play ball?
Coach: Yes, I spent a majority of my childhood involved in basketball in one way or another. I played in high school for the legendary coach, Stu Vetter at St. John’s at Prospect Hall. I then played in college at Fordham University. I ended my career as a player in the Pro-A League in France.
695: What do you think of the overall direction of girls basketball in the DMV area?
Coach: From what I’ve seen over the years in the DMV area, girl’s basketball programs have grown a tremendous amount. There is more talent in this area than anywhere I’ve seen, and it’s exciting to see more and more opportunities for young girls like my 6-year-old daughter who are just starting to show interest in the sport.
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