August 3, 2011

Harney Named One of Nation's Top Non-Division I Coaches

Complete Top 25 Non-Division I Head Coaches List

St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball Chris Harney '97 was named to the CollegeInsider.com Top 25 Non-Division I Head Coaches list as announced on the website by writer Jason Belzer.  Harney was one of six Division III coaches honored on the list of 25.

"Our entire coaching staff is honored to be included in this article along with some exceptionally talented staffs," stated Harney.

Joining Harney on the Division III list is Mark Edwards (Washington University in St. Louis), David Hixon (Amherst College), Bob Semling (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point), Bob Walsh (Rhode Island College), and Mike Maker (Williams College).

Harney has brought St. Mary's into the national spotlight during his six-year tenure, enjoying unprecedented success in compiling a 116-54 (.682) overall record at his alma mater.  The program has experienced five consecutive winning seasons, including three 20-win seasons in a row.

He notched his 100th career victory on December 18, 2010 with an 89-80 non-conference win over Lawrence University and then Harney became the school's all-time winningest men's basketball coach with a 74-65 triumph over conference foe, Marymount (Va.) University, on January 5, 2011.

"It is a great feeling for the national media to recognize the great basketball product we have established at St. Mary's College of Maryland over the past six years," added Harney.  "We are very proud of our players and the success they have achieved both on and off the court."

St. Mary's has made three NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 2008 and 2010 and the Elite Eight this past season.  The Seahawks have captured three Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championship tournament titles, including back-to-back crowns in 2010 and 2011, while earning three consecutive CAC regular-season titles under Harney's leadership.

He garnered National Association of Basketball Coaches Middle Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors in 2010 as well as back-to-back CAC Coach of the Year awards in 2010 and 2011.  In addition, four student-athletes have earned nine all-conference honors and six all-region awards.

St. Mary's, who finished the 2010-11 season ranked No. 9 in the final D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, opens the 2011-12 season on the road with an exhibition contest at NCAA Division I St. John's University in Queens, N.Y. on November 3.  Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm at the Lou Carnesecca Arena.