Chris Harney '97 was promoted to assistant athletic director for staff development in summer 2016. Harney has been the head men's basketball coach since 2005. In addition, the Point Pleasant, N.J. native will supervise the baseball program and work closely with the Office of Admissions.
He returned to St. Mary's after three years as the head varsity boys basketball coach at Bel Air HS in Maryland. Harney led Bel Air to a program-best 21-3 record during the 2003-04 season and was voted the Harford County Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun. In his three seasons at Bel Air, he compiled a 41-27 record and led the team to its highest area ranking in three decades. Harney served as an assistant for the 2000-01 season before ascending to the varsity head coach position.
Prior to Bel Air, he spent five seasons as the head junior varsity coach at various high schools in Southern Maryland.
Harney played for the Seahawks from 1993-95 after transferring in from Ocean County College in New Jersey. He graduated from St. Mary's in 1997 with a degree in history as well as a teacher certification.