A familiar face has returned to the dugout to lead the Pearl River baseball program.

Joe Harris is replacing Steve Bullock as the head of the Rebels. Harris takes over a program that only two seasons ago went 18-7 and made it to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

“This is not my first time leading this program,” said Harris, who also is assistant athletic director at the school. “I was the coach of the program back in the 1990s. We made a couple of runs in the postseason but after not reaching our goals and coming up short. … I made a decision that now I regret, and that was giving up the baseball program at Pearl River. 

“Watching the baseball team these last couple of years from afar, I realize how great of a group of kids we have. They are just a great group of baseball guys that work well together. When coach Bullock decided to step aside, I just felt like it was the right time to get back in it. This has been something stirring inside of me for quite a while.”

Harris' goal is to maintain the high level of success that the Rebels have had the past several seasons.

“I just want to keep the engine going,” he said “I talked about that exact thing when I met with the players. I’m not trying to make a lot of changes. I just want to take the ball and keep going.”

Harris said he will continue his duties as assistant athletic director.

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