Chris Harney '97
Chris Harney '97
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 240-895-4318
Email: crharney@smcm.edu
Year: 12th Season
Hometown: Point Pleasant, N.J.

The school's all-time winningest coach, Chris Harney '97 embarks on his 12th season at the helm of the Seahawk men's basketball program in 2016-17. Harney is one of the top coaches in Division III and has led St. Mary's into the national spotlight during his tenure.

The Point Pleasant, New Jersey native is a two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Middle Atlantic District Coach of the Year after earning the honor in 2010 and 2013. Harney is also a three-time Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, picking up the award in 2010, 2011, and 2013.

HARNEY'S YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD
Season Overall Conference Postseason
2005-06 9-16 4-10 CAC First Round
2006-07 16-11 9-7 CAC Semifinals
2007-08 19-12 9-7 NCAA Sweet 16
CAC Champions
2008-09 21-5 14-2 CAC Semifinals
CAC regular-season champions
2009-10 26-4 14-2 NCAA Sweet 16
CAC Champions
CAC regular-season champions
2010-11 25-6 14-2

NCAA Elite 8
CAC Champions
CAC regular-season champions

2011-12 20-8 13-3

NCAA Second Round
CAC Semifinals
CAC regular-season champions

2012-13 27-4 10-2 NCAA Elite 8
CAC Champions
CAC regular-season champions
2013-14 19-8 11-5 CAC Semifinals
2014-15 20-5 16-2 CAC Semifinals
CAC regular-season champions
2015-16 13-14 8-10 CAC Semifinals
Totals 215-93 122-52
COACHING MILESTONES
  • Nov. 19, 2005 - First career win with 142-130 win over Redlands
  • Dec. 3, 2008 - 50th career win with 80-71 win over Stevenson
  • Dec. 18, 2010 - 100th career win with 89-80 win over Lawrence
  • Jan. 5, 2011 - Became the school's all-time wins leader with 74-65 win over Marymount (Va.) for 101st career win
  • Jan. 7, 2013 - 150th career win with 63-57 win over nationally-ranked Franklin & Marshall
  • Feb. 14, 2015 - 200th career win with 84-67 win over Wesley


The success the Seahawks have experienced under Harney's leadership is unparalled in St. Mary's 50-year history - nine consecutive winning seasons, six CAC regular-season titles, four trips to the Sweet 16, four CAC tournament championship crowns as well as two Elite 8 appearances. The Seahawks posted five straight 20+ win seasons between 2008-09 and 2012-13.

The 2015-16 campaign was a rebuilding one which saw St. Mary's deal with its share of hardships throughtout the year. With that said, the Seahawks were just a basket away from advancing to the CAC championship game.

In 2014-15, the Seahawks enjoyed their sixth 20-win campaign under Harney's leadership while Nicholas LaGuerre '15 became just the third Seahawk to be named CAC Player of the Year and earned All-America recognition from both the NABC and D3hoops.com.  

The 2013-14 campaign witnessed the team notch under 20 wins for the first time since 2007-08 while Nicholas LaGuerre '15 earned NABC All-District honors. The Seahawks excelled in 2012-13, collecting a program-best 27 wins and advancing to the Elite 8 for the second time in three years. The team also grabbed their fifth CAC regular-season title in a row as well as the program's fifth conference tournament championship crown.

St. Mary's collected its fourth straight CAC regular-season title while advancing to the NCAA Second Round in 2011-12. The 2010-11 campaign was another exciting one for the Seahawks as the team advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in program history while garnering their fourth CAC tournament championship crown and third consecutive league regular-season title.

In 2009-10, the Seahawks captured the program's third CAC tournament championship and second consecutive league regular-season titles as well as made their second trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Harney's troops recorded the school's first-ever conference regular-season title, boasting a league-best 14-2 mark in 2008-09.

The Seahawks just missed 20 wins in his third season but turned around an 11-11 campaign with eight straight wins to collect one of the program's best seasons ever. By winning the CAC tournament championship title, St. Mary's notched the school's first-ever NCAA tournament berth and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Chris Harney Harney guided the 2006-07 Seahawks to a 16-11 mark, including a 9-7 log in league play, to mark the first time since the 2000-01 season that St. Mary's boasted a winning season. The 16-11 record was a six-game improvement from the 9-16 mark posted in Harney's first season as head coach.

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.