Farris has been tabbed as Northeast’s assistant athletic director beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. The veteran coach will maintain his position as headman of the baseball team as well.
“We are looking forward to Kent coming on board with us as far as the administration side of things,” said Northeast athletic director David Robbins. “He has a lot of experience behind him and I look forward to working with him on a daily basis.”
Farris recently completed his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers and is the second winningest coach in program history behind 2013 Northeast Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ray Scott.
The Corinth native is the third longest tenured baseball coach at Northeast behind only William Southward and Scott since the sport was reinstituted in 1961 following a brief hiatus.
Farris collected his 200th victory in a Tiger uniform on May 2 in a 9-8 decision over Pearl River Community College in the first round of the 2014 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Playoffs.
He also notched the 100th MACJC North Division win of his career this year in the first game of a home doubleheader against Mississippi Delta Community College on April 18.
Farris’ teams have consistently qualified for the MACJC State Playoffs since he came to Northeast from Columbus High School before the 2007 campaign.
The 2008 edition of the Tigers might be the most successful to date under the direction of Farris. Northeast tallied a 32-18 record with appearances in both the MACJC State Tournament and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament after concluding the regular season as the division runner-up.
One year later, Farris and the Tigers hosted a postseason series for initial time since 1992. That squad welcomed Jones County Junior College for a best-of-three opening round series after finishing the MACJC North Division slate in second place with a 33-14 overall mark and 17-7 standing versus conference foes.
Playoff baseball returned to Booneville in 2013 after Farris led Northeast to the MACJC North Division championship. It was the first league title for the Tigers in 21 years.
Northeast took its first round series over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with a pair of victories in one day to clinch a spot in the MACJC State Tournament.
Farris and the Tigers made history once again in 2014 by defeating Pearl River in dramatic fashion to bring the MACJC State Tournament to the City of Hospitality for the first time in its current format. Approximately 1,250 fans packed Harold T. White Field over a three-day period that featured seven games and the Magnolia State’s top four teams.
Northeast, which rose to as high as No. 19 in the NJCAA’s rankings, tallied a 27-20 record and was the MACJC North Division runner-up. The Tigers also swept rival Itawamba Community College in their annual four-game series.
The baseball program with Farris as its commander also collected NJCAA All-Academic Team status after maintaining a 3.15 grade point average (GPA). Additionally, four individual players have garnered NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards in the last two campaigns.
Fifty men have extended their playing careers to four-year institutions at the NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA levels since Farris first stepped onto campus. He has compiled a 201-179 record at Northeast and a 104-71 mark in the MACJC North Division.
“I’m very humbled and honored to be considered for this,” Farris said. “There’s a great athletic tradition here with a lot of great coaches and players. The fan and community support has been terrific. I love this area and I’m excited about anything I can do to help out going forward.”
Farris made stops at four high schools, including Alcorn Central, Caledonia, Columbus and New Hope, before arriving at Northeast. The 1988 Alcorn Central squad with Farris as its head coach claimed the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 3A state championship.
Professionally, Farris is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the Crossroads Diamond Club, the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), the Mississippi Association of Professional Educators and the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball (NEMCABB).
Farris began working as an associate scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates Professional Baseball Club in 1998 and was an active coach in American Legion baseball during his storied career.
He was named a Crossroads Diamond Club All-Star coach in 1989, a NEMCABB All-Star coach in 1992 and 2002 and a Junior Sunbelt Classic coach from 1979-99 and in 2001.