Head Coach Charles Harris

Team: Varsity Mighty Mite

“Leading for the benefits of others is a much more compelling and powerful motivation than leading to get ahead or hit an arbitrary target.”

Lakewood Jr. Spartans

COACHING CAREER

STARTED MY COACHING CAREER IN 2005 AT THE LAKEWOOD JR SPARTANS. I WAS AN ASSISTANT COACH FOR ONE SEASON. MY HEAD COACHING CAREER STARTED IN 2006. I WAS THE HEAD COACH OF THE JFW#2 (2006-2014). THE IMPACT THAT THE KIDS HAD ON MY LIFE WAS GREAT. I ALWAYS HAD AN IMPACT ON MY PLAYERS. SOME OF THE COACHES I LOOKED UP TO AT LJS WERE WES BROWN, COACH BENJAMIN, COACH MIKE, AND COACH RICK COLEMAN. THESE COACHES TAUGHT ME A LOT ON HOW TO HOLD MYSELF AS A MAN ON AND OFF THE FIELD. THERE WERE ALSO OTHERS WHO HELP ME GET BETTER AT COACHING ON THE FIELD; COACH ROOSTER, COACH RICK ROSS, COACH PHIL, AND COACH GREEN. DERRICK WILLIAMS WAS ONE OF THE REASONS I WANTED TO JOIN THE BOARD SO FROM 2009 TO 2011 I WAS THE A.D AT LJS. IN 2015, I DECIDED TO LEAVE LJS TO COACH AT THE ORGANIZATION IN WHICH I PLAYED FOR AS A YOUTH; THE ST. PETE LIL DEVILS. I WAS THE JVPW HEAD COACH, I NEEDED HELP COACHING SO I CALLED ON COACH ROOSTER TO BECOME MY OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. WE WON A CHAMPIONSHIP THAT YEAR. IN 2016, I WAS THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR THE VPWS @ ST. PETE WE HAD A GREAT SEASON. IN 2017 I HAVE DECIDED TO RETURN HOME WHERE I BELONG, I AM THE LAKEWOOD JR SPARTANS VARSITY MIGHTY MITES HEAD COACH. OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE BECAME A BETTER PERSON IN LIFE. THIS IS WHY I KNOW THE IMPACT WE AS COACHES HAVE ON THESE YOUNG PEOPLE LIFE IS HUGE. WE ALL LOVE TO WIN BUT THERE IS SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING AND THAT IS, FOOTBALL IS A GAME; LIFE IS REAL. LET’S BE BETTER EVERYDAY. SEE YOU AROUND THE WOOD. COACH CHARLES.