COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus Lions Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Jason Gibson recently announced the hiring of Ian Harris as Director of Player Personnel and Special Teams Coach for the 2012 Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) season.
Harris, a 2003 graduate of Forbush High School, spent the 2011 season as the Assistant Director of Football Operations and Special Teams Coach for the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League (IFL). While with Green Bay, the team set numerous team records, including many from special teams as he coached the 2011 “Special Teams Player of the Year.” Harris was Pro Player Personnel Director for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (Arena Football League) in 2010.
Before transitioning into professional football, Harris served as Assistant to the Recruiting Coordinator at Marshall University, and helped recruit such future NFL players as C.J. Spillman, Cody Slate, and Super Bowl winners Ahmad Bradshaw and Doug Legursky.
The Yadkinville native graduated from Marshall University with high honors in 2006.
“Ian will help us tremendously this upcoming year,” said Gibson. “He comes from a successful indoor franchise in Green Bay which, like Columbus, is one of the top indoor football organizations in the country. To have someone in the front office to concentrate on players and player’s needs will take our already winning tradition to another level — a level that will make Columbus proud and continue to attract top-tier players.”
Harris added, “I am thrilled to be joining a first-class organization like the Columbus Lions that has not only had a history of winning, but is 100 percent committed to bringing championships to Columbus in the near future. What Coach Gibson and his staff have done is amazing, and I look forward to helping them win and bringing the fans a top-notch product that they can be proud of.”