Chris Harney '97
Chris Harney '97
Title: Assistant AD for Staff Development/Head Coach
Phone: 240-895-4318
Email: crharney@smcm.edu
Year: 14th Season
Hometown: Point Pleasant, N.J.

The school's all-time winningest coach, Chris Harney '97 embarks on his 14th season at the helm of the Seahawk men's basketball program in 2018-19. Harney is one of the top coaches in Division III and has led St. Mary's into the national spotlight during his tenure. He was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics & Recreation for staff development in summer 2016. Part of Harney's duties includes supervising baseball, men's and women's rowing, and men's soccer as well as working closely with the Office of Admissions and the Alumni Office.

The success the Seahawks have experienced under Harney's leadership is unparalled in St. Mary's 52-year history, including nine consecutive winning seasons and five straight 20+ win seasons between 2008-09 and 2012-13. In his third season, the Seahawks turned around an 11-11 campaign with eight straight wins, winning the CAC tournament championship title, notching the school's first-ever NCAA tournament berth, and advancing to the Sweet 16.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Head Coach, St. Mary's College of Maryland (2005-present)
  • Head Coach, Bel Air High School (2001-2004) - 2003-04 Harford County Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun after leading Bel Air to a program-best 21-3 record; Compiled a three-year record of 41-27 and led team to highest area ranking in three decades
  • Assistant Coach, Bel Air High School (2000-2001)

EDUCATION

  • B.A., History with teaching certification, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (1997)
  • Transferred to St. Mary's College of Maryland from Ocean County College

AT ST. MARY'S

  • 231-128 (.643) in 13 seasons
  • Two NCAA Elite 8 appearances
  • Four NCAA Sweet 16 appearances
  • Five NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 2010 and 2013 NABC Middle Atlantic District Coach of the Year
  • Four CAC Tournament championships
  • Six CAC regular-season championships
  • 2010, 2011, and 2013 CAC Coach of the Year
  • Set school record most wins with 27 in 2012-13

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

  • One NABC All-America selection - Nicholas LaGuerre (2015) 
  • Five NABC All-Middle Atlantic District selections (through 2017-18)
  • Two D3hoops.com All-America selections - Alex Franz '11 (2011), Nicholas LaGuerre '15 (2015)
  • 10 D3hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region selections (through 2017-18)
  • Alex Franz '11 - 2011 D3hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Player of the Year
  • Christian MacAuley - 2011 D3hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year
  • Two Reese's Division III College All-Stars - Alex Franz '11 (2011), Nicholas LaGuerre '15 (2015)
  • 20 All-CAC selections (through 2017-18)
  • Two CAC Players of the Year - Alex Franz '11 (2011), Nicholas LaGuerre '15 (2015)
  • Christian MacAuley - 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year
  • Delaszo Smith '17 led CAC in free throw percentage (.889) in 2015-16
  • Nicholas LaGuerre '15 led CAC in scoring (22.0 ppg) in 2014-15
  • Kyle Wise '14 led CAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) in 2013-14
  • Christian MacAuley led CAC in blocks in 2010-11 and 2011-12
  • Chris Hutchinson '13 led CAC in steals (63, 2.4 spg) in 2011-12
  • James Davenport '12 led CAC in three-point field goal percentage (.457) in 2010-11
  • Alex Franz '11 led CAC in both assists and steals in 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11
  • Alex Franz '11 led CAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) in 2009-10
  • Camontae Griffin '10 led CAC in scoring (21.6 ppg) in 2009-10
  • Alex Irmer '09 led CAC in field goal percentage (.654) in 2008-09
  • Calvin Wise '09 led CAC in field goal percentage (.607) in 2007-08
  • Mike Smelkinson '08 led CAC in assists (144, 4.97 apg) in 2007-08
  • Five 1,000-point scorers (through 2017-18)
  • Two Jostens Trophy finalists - Sam Burum '11, Nicholas LaGuerre '15
  • Tanner Brooks '16 - 2015 NABC Honors Court
  • Nicholas LaGuerre '15 - 2014 NABC Allstate Good Works Team
  • Sam Burum '11 - 2011 CAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • 39 student-athletes named to CAC All-Academic Team since 2008-09 (through 2017-18)
Season Overall Conference Postseason Milestone Victories
2005-06 9-16 4-10 CAC Tournament First Round First win (142-130 vs. Redlands, 11/19/05)
2006-07 16-11 9-7 CAC Tournament Semifinals  
2007-08 19-12 9-7 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
CAC Tournament Champions
 
2008-09 21-5 14-2 CAC Tournament Semifinals
CAC Regular-Season Champions
50th win (80-71 vs. Stevenson, 12/3/08)
2009-10 26-4 14-2 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
CAC Tournament Champions
CAC Regular-Season Champions
 
2010-11 25-6 14-2

NCAA Tournament Elite 8
CAC Tournament Champions
CAC Regular-Season Champions

100th win (89-80 vs. Lawrence, 12/18/10)
Became school's all-time wins leader with 101st win (74-56 vs. Marymount (Va.), 1/5/11)

2011-12 20-8 13-3

NCAA Tournament Second Round
CAC Tournament Semifinals
CAC Regular-Season Champions

 
2012-13 27-4 10-2 NCAA Tournament Elite 8
CAC Tournament Champions
CAC Regular-Season Champions
150th win (63-57 vs. nationally-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 1/7/13) 
2013-14 19-8 11-5 CAC Tournament Semifinals  
2014-15 20-5 16-2 CAC Tournament Semifinals
CAC Regular-Season champions
200th win (84-67 vs. Wesley, 2/14/15)
2015-16 13-14 8-10 CAC Tournament Semifinals  
2016-17 13-13 8-10 CAC Tournament First Round  
2017-18 3-22 2-16    
Totals 231-128 132-78