The 2012-13 campaign marks the eighth season for Chris Harney at the helm of the Seahawk men's basketball program. Harney has brought St. Mary's into the national spotlight during his short tenure.
His success is unprecedented in St. Mary's 46-year history - one NCAA Elite 8 appearance, three NCAA Sweet 16 showings, one NCAA Second Round appearance, three league championship crowns, four Capital Athletic Conference regular-season titles as well as six consecutive winning seasons, including four consecutive 20+ win campaigns. St. Mary's averaged only 11.75 wins per season before Harney's arrival but under his guidance, the program now averages 19.43 victories a season.
Harney became the all-time winningest coach on January 5, 2011 as the Seahawks posted a 74-65 victory over Marymount (Va.) University. He notched his 100th career win on December 18, 2010, defeating Lawrence University, 89-80.
The Point Pleasant, N.J. native is a two-time CAC Coach of the Year, earning the award in 2010 and 2011 while being tabbed the National Association of Basketball Coaches Middle Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 2010.
|HARNEY'S YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD|
|2005-06||9-16||4-10||CAC First Round|
|2007-08||19-12||9-7||NCAA Sweet 16;
CAC regular-season champions
|2009-10||26-4||14-2||NCAA Sweet 16;
CAC regular-season champions
NCAA Elite 8;
NCAA Second Round;
Last season, St. Mary's collected its fourth straight CAC regular-season title while advancing to the NCAA Second Round.
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. St. Mary's also garnered a fourth CAC championship title and third league regular-season title in a row.
In 2009-10, the Seahawks captured the program's third CAC championship and second consecutive league regular-season titles as well as made their second trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. St. Mary's posted a school record for most wins in a season, finishing the season with a 26-4 overall mark.
Harney's troops were unable to defend their CAC crown in 2008-09 but St. Mary's did record the school's first-ever conference regular-season title, boasting a league-best 14-2 log.
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 championship title, St. Mary's notched the school's first-ever NCAA tournament berth and advanced to the Sweet 16.
Harney guided the 2006-07 Seahawks to a 16-11 mark, including a 9-7 log in league play, marking the first time since the 2000-01 season that SMCM 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.
Harney returned to St. Mary's after three years as the head varsity boys basketball coach at Bel Air HS in Maryland. He 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, Harney compiled a 41-27 record and led the team to its highest area ranking in three decades. He 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 SMCM in 1997 with a degree in history as well as a teacher certification.