Chris Ballauer is entering his 9th season at South Georgia Technical College and after serving as the interim head coach for one year now becomes head coach. He joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach for the Lady Jets in 2013, helping them begin their GCAA conference championship win streak. In 2014, Chris moved to the men’s side and has been an integral part of the program ever since. He holds an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Coastal Georgia Community College as well as a Bachelor of Science in Education of Exercise Science and Wellness from Georgia Southwestern State University.
A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Chris graduated from Central Gwinnett High School and went on the play basketball for the Brunswick Junior College Mariners. There he played for GCAA Hall of Fame Coach Gerald Cox and Assistant Coach James Frey. He later served as a coach along side those two mentors for 14 years. Their teams averaged 20 wins each season, winning a conference championship and going to the national tournament in 2002.
Along with his basketball duties, Chris also serves as an instructor in the Sports and Fitness Management program.
Chris currently resides in Americus with his wife, Ivy, and their 2 children, Hutch and Layla.
Jaren Harris is entering his 2nd season at South Georgia Technical College. He previously served as an assistant basketball coach at Lee County High School in Leesburg, Georgia from 2015 – 2018 helping lead them to a Region 1-AAAAAA championship and two sweet 16 appearances. As assistant coach, Jaren is responsible for player development, scouting, and recruiting for the Jets.
Jaren began his college basketball playing career at the College of Coastal Georgia, playing for the Mariners from 2009 – 2011. While at College of Coastal Georgia he helped guide them to consecutive conference championship appearances. He was selected to all-conference and all-tournament teams and was also selected team captain in his sophomore season. Upon graduation, Jaren enrolled at Albany State University to continue his education and basketball career. While playing for the Rams, he was awarded offensive player of the year and selected to the all-conference team. Off the court, he was a member of Center for the African-American Male and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Jaren graduated from Albany State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance.
Jaren also serves as an academic tutor for all students.