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  • Thu., Apr. 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light

    The 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light isThursday, April 30 at NRG Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2015 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

    NFL Network’s draft coverage will be shown on the HD televisions throughout the 100 Level Concourse and Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will broadcast live, with commentary and analysis from “The Voice of the Texans,” Marc Vandermeer, and a number of special guests. When the Texans make their first-round pick, fans at the Draft Party will hear from the player first as part of Texans Radio’s live broadcast.

    Texans Ambassadors will be on hand to sign autographs throughout the evening. Texans fans can also get their first glimpse of the 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders when the squad makes its debut performance at the event. 

    Young fans can play in the TORO’s Kids Club Zone presented by Kroger, which will feature interactive games, a balloon artist and appearances by TORO and Deep Steel Thunder. Fans can also take photos in Memory Alley located on the concourse. 

    Get more information on the event here.

     

     

  • Fri., May. 01, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant is a city-wide volunteer day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8AM - noon where Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO and staff will volunteer alongside Texans fans!

    As an organization, the Texans make it a priority to give back to the Houston community. This day provides an opportunity to invite Texans fans to volunteer with the team to make a positive change. These organizations work to improve the standard of living for the young people of Houston, which aligns with the Texans mission to be Champions for Youth.

    There are plenty of locations across Houston, so sign up today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/volunteer-day.html!
  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM CDT NFL Draft Day 3 from Houston Texans Grille

    Stop by the Houston Texans Grille (I-10 & Beltway 8) on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, Saturday, May 2 from 10:30am – 6:30pm for a chance to announce a Texans Draft Pick live on TV or chance to win tons of other prizes!

    All of the Texans draft picks that day will be made by Texans fans live from the Grille, with at least one on NFL Network and the rest on NFL.com. See rules - http://bit.ly/1Eid0WN

    Texans Radio with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer and special guests, will be broadcasting LIVE the entire time. Plus, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Ambassadors will be there for autographs and pictures!

  • Sun., May. 03, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans All Access: 2015 Draft on KTRK ABC 13

    Tune in to KTRK ABC 13 in Houston on Sunday, May 3 at 11pm to catch the Texans TV special, Texans All Access: 2015 Draft.  This will be an exclusive look into the day of the Texans first round draft pick, as well as an analysis of all the 2015 Texans draft picks from Texans TV Insiders.

    Fans throughout Texas, be sure to check your local TV listings for air dates and times in your area.

  • Tue., May. 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre, 12848 Queensbury Ln. Ste 208, Houston, TX 77024 (I-10 & Beltway 8), as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Wed., May. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Moms Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Moms Clinic just for football moms on May 13th!

    This free clinic will provide moms with the latest safety information in concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition to prepare them for the upcoming football season.  These classroom-style instructions and interactive football drills will take place in the Houston Methodist Training Center.

    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!

  • Sun., May. 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Gridiron Gang Auditions

    Are you motivated, outgoing and passionate? Well then, we're looking for you to audition for the Houston Texans Gridiron Gang gameday entertainment team on Sunday, May 17 from 1-3pm at the Hosuton Methodist Training Center.

    For more info and to regsiter, click this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/gridiron2.html

  • Thu., May. 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre (I-10 & Beltway 8) as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE from 6pm - 7pm with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Fri., Jun. 05, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

Coaches

Chick Harris
Running Backs Coach
College:
Northern Arizona
Hometown:
Durham, N.C.
Experience:
33

Chick Harris is in his 12th season as running backs coach for the Houston Texans. Harris and special teams coordinator Joe Marciano are the only coaches who have been with the team since its inception in 2002. He has 32 years of NFL coaching experience and has mentored eight running backs who have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in a season a collective 15 times.

Three of those 1,000-yard seasons have come from three-time Pro Bowler Arian Foster, who led the NFL with 17 total touchdowns and ranked second in the AFC with 1,424 yards rushing in 2012. Foster, who went undrafted in 2009, is Houston’s all-time leading rusher under Harris’ guidance with 4,521 yards.

Chick Harris is in his 12th season as running backs coach for the Houston Texans. Harris and special teams coordinator Joe Marciano are the only coaches who have been with the team since its inception in 2002. He has 32 years of NFL coaching experience and has mentored eight running backs who have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in a season a collective 15 times.

Three of those 1,000-yard seasons have come from three-time Pro Bowler Arian Foster, who led the NFL with 17 total touchdowns and ranked second in the AFC with 1,424 yards rushing in 2012. Foster, who went undrafted in 2009, is Houston’s all-time leading rusher under Harris’ guidance with 4,521 yards.

Harris’ running back trio of Foster, Ben Tate and Justin Forsett combined for 2,077 yards on the ground and 18 touchdowns in 2012. That group also helped Houston lead the NFL in time of possession for the second consecutive season and only lost three fumbles in a combined 533 offensive touches.

In 2011, Foster and Tate became the first backfield duo in franchise history to rush for more than 900 yards apiece in a season. Foster earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection, finished fifth in the NFL with 1,224 yards rushing and was third with 1,841 yards from scrimmage despite missing three and a half games. Tate was second on the team with 942 yards on the ground in his first full NFL season. The duo rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game twice, making Houston just the sixth team since 1985 to accomplish the feat.

Harris has turned in impressive coaching performances seemingly every year, no matter who is carrying the ball, but 2010 was one of his finest as both fullback Vonta Leach and Foster earned AP First Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. Foster led the NFL with franchise records of 1,616 yards rushing, 2,220 total yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns. He also set a franchise single-game record with 231 yards in the 2010 season opener against Indianapolis. Veteran Derrick Ward helped Houston rush for 2,042 yards, a franchise record at the time, contributing 315 yards on 50 carries (6.3 average).

In 2009, the Texans had four backs each rush for at least 250 yards, led by Steve Slaton, who finished with 437 yards in an injury-shortened season. Veteran Ryan Moats rushed for a career-high 390 yards, while Foster, then a rookie, rushed for 216 of his 257 yards in the last two games.

In 2008, Slaton, then a rookie third-round draft pick, started the final 15 games and won the rookie rushing title with a franchise-record 1,282 yards. Slaton led all AFC players with 1,659 total yards from scrimmage, and his five 100-yard rushing days were also a team single-season record.

Harris leaned on 2006 leading rusher Ron Dayne, who produced a team- and career-high 773 yards and six touchdowns in 2007. Rookie undrafted free agent Darius Walker came on late in the year and ran for 264 yards in the last four games.

Dayne led a committee of running backs with 612 yards and five touchdowns. Houston was one of three teams to have three different players rush for at least 90 yards in a game, and the Texans were the only team that had a pair of rookies both top the 90-yard mark in a game.

Harris helped Domanick Williams earn the 2003 Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year award and develop into a two-time 1,000-yard rusher.

During Harris’ seven-year tenure with the Panthers, injuries forced the club to suit up a bevy of running backs, which included Tshimanga Biakabutuka, Richard Huntley, Brad Hoover, Fred Lane, Anthony Johnson and Derrick Moore. Harris helped Carolina set an expansion record with seven wins in 1995 and also helped the Panthers reach the NFC Championship Game the following season.

Harris launched his NFL coaching career with the Buffalo Bills in 1981, coaching two seasons and helping Joe Cribbs eclipse the 1,000-yard mark his first year coaching with the team. He then moved on to serve as the backfield coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1983-91. In Harris’ first year with the Seahawks, rookie Curt Warner produced the first of four 1,000-yard seasons during his time under Harris, rushing for 1,449 yards and helping the team reach the AFC Championship Game.

Harris joined the Los Angeles Rams in 1992 as running backs coach before taking over as offensive coordinator for one season in 1994. The highlight of Harris’ tenure with the Rams was Jerome Bettis’ Rookie of the Year campaign in 1993. Bettis began his stellar career with 1,429 rushing yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie under Harris.
 
Harris entered the coaching profession at Colorado State in 1970, coaching three seasons before heading to Long Beach State. After one season at Long Beach, Harris joined the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League in 1974. He then moved on to the University of Washington, where he spent six seasons, helping the Huskies to two bowl wins, including a Rose Bowl victory against Michigan.

Harris lettered in football and track at Northern Arizona, where he is a member of the Lumberjacks’ athletic hall of fame.

Born in Durham, N.C., Harris attended Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School. He has a son, Tyler, and a daughter, Tarana. Harris and his wife, Karen, have a daughter, Kara. The family lives in Sugar Land.

HARRIS’ COACHING LEDGER
2002-13: Running Backs, Houston Texans
1995-01:  Running Backs, Carolina Panthers
1994:  Offensive Coordinator, Los Angeles Rams
1992-93:  Running Backs, Los Angeles Rams
1983-91:  Offensive Backfield, Seattle Seahawks
1981-82:  Running Backs, Buffalo Bills
1975-80:  Defensive Backs, University of Washington
1974:  Wide Receivers, Detroit Wheels (World Football League)
1973:  Wide Receivers, Long Beach State
1970-72:  Wide Receivers, Colorado State

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    Texans running backs coach Chick Harris, who played a key role in the success of Arian Foster and Vonta Leach this season, discussed his players' accomplishments with Texans TV.