Jim Harris, the face of Ocean View boys' basketball and the man who gave the program its identity, died Sunday night after a struggle with kidney cancer. The only boys' basketball coach in the school's history was 67.
Harris' coaching career at Ocean View spanned 33 years. During that time, his teams won 19 league championships and three CIF Southern Section titles. He also coached the Ocean View girls' varsity program, which is now headed by his daughter, Kim Morris.
His son, Jimmy, was an All-CIF player for his father and later an assistant coach. He has been the varsity boys' co-head coach along with his father the past few years.
"Coach Harris is Ocean View basketball, even Ocean View High School, period," Seahawks Athletic Director Tim Walsh said Monday. "He created the basketball program, which today is looked at by so many as one of the best around. There was so much love around in whatever he did, whether it be basketball or at this school."