|Alma Mater:||Husson '07|
|Coaching Experience (yrs):||11|
|Seasons at Husson:||11|
Jason Harvey, the second winningest coach in program history and the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) begins his 11th season as the Eagles’ skipper in 2018 and has built one of the most consistently successful NCAA DIII programs in the country.
Harvey enters the season with a 243-182 (.572) overall record with two NAC and one North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships, a NEAC East Regular Season title and four NAC/NEAC runner-up finishes and eight winning seasons. Husson has reached the 20-victory plateau in seven of Harvey’s nine years and posted 30 or more wins once.
The Eagles have been particularly strong versus conference foes since Harvey took over the reigns of the program beginning with the 2008 season, posting an incredible 159-74 (.682) overall record, while reaching the final game of the conference tournament seven out of the ten years.
Over Harvey’s 10-year span, Husson has made two NCAA DIII Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2011 with two ECAC Tournament berths in 2010 and 2013. In the New England Regional, the Eagles have been seeded as high as #7 seed on both occasions and winning two games in the 2009 regional round, which were the first in program history.
In yet another testament to the program’s winning ways, Husson has notched at least 20 victories in the ten of the past 13 seasons since the Eagles joined the NCAA in 2005.
The 16th head coach in the Eagles’ 91-year history, Harvey was appointed as the program’s skipper prior to the 2008 campaign as the successor to the legendary John Winkin, who coached college baseball for 53 seasons, including 11 at Husson (1997-2007), while accumulating an impressive 1,036-703-8 (.595) record with six trips to the NCAA DI College World Series with the University of Maine.
Coach Harvey has been witness to much of the program’s success during his 11 years as a head coach, and three as a player at Husson. During this time the Eagles have tallied a 317-232 (.577) record including a 195-90 (.684) mark versus conference opponents.
This past season, Husson posted a 22-18 overall record with a 13-11 mark in NAC play en route to earning the program’s 28th consecutive posteason berth. In the opening game of the 2017 NAC Baseball Championship Tournament at Spartan Field, behind a complete-game pitching effort by senior Ben Walls and constant offense, the #4 Eagles upseted archrival and top seed Castleton University, 7-2, on May 6, ending a 11 game losing streak to the Spartans. Husson then suffered their first loss of the tournament to #2 New England College, 8-5, in 10 innings on May 7, before seeing their season come to an abrupt end with an elimination game loss at the hands of the Spartans, 4-3, three hours later.
Following the season, three Eagles garnered All-NAC accolades, including, Walls who earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Sophomore catcher Sam Huston earned First Team All-NAC honors while senior outfielder Cam Archer was listed on the All-Sportsmanship Sqaud.
Huston went on to claim All-ECAC and D3Baseball.com All-New England third team accolades, while Walls became the first Husson baseball player and the first pitcher in program history to garner First Team D3Baseball.com All-New England honors.
In 2016, Husson posted a 23-21 record, their fourth straight 20 win season under Harvey, with a 15-9 mark in NAC play en route to securing the #2 seed in the conference tournament for the fourth-consecutive season in 2016. In a opening round match-up on May 6th, the Eagles defeated #3 UMF, 6-5 in 10 innings to advance to the final winners’ bracket game, where the Green and Gold suffered a 7-5 setback in 12 innings at the hands of #1 Castleton, falling into the losers’ bracket in the process. Husson escaped elimination with a 6-1 win over #4 Thomas (Maine) punching their ticket to the program’s tenth conference championship title game since the Eagles joined the NAC in 2005. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell short, 6-5 in 10 innings to the Spartans, in the finale.
Earlier in the 2016 season, Harvey became the second coach in program history to reach the 200-victory plateau. The Win - an 8-3 triumph over WPI on March 9th - made Harvey just the fourth Husson coach to reach the lofty total.
Following the season, four HU players garnered All-Conference honors with senior JT Whitten and junior Ryan Rebar being listed on the First Team, junior Ben Walls earning Second Team honors, while senior Dan Whitney was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
In 2015, Harvey guided the Eagles to a record of 26-17 with a program record 19-5 mark in conference play and their 11th-straight appearance in the conference tournament since joining NCAA Division III in 2005, while producing the third longest winning streak in program history of 12 straight victories. The #2 seeded in the NAC Tournament, the Eagles opened postseason play with 10-7 lost to #3 Thomas (Maine) on May 1, but fell out of contention with a 5-2 loss to the Terriers after escaping elimination with a 6-5 win over #4 Maine-Farmington. The team produced five All-NAC selections, including Rookie of the Year Robert Graff.
Along the way, Coach Harvey became the second winningest (198-143, .581) coach in Husson baseball history when his Eagles picked up win number 187 on April 9th with a 1-0 victory over Thomas (Maine) passing the legendary Hall of Fame coach Del Merrill for second all-time.
Husson recorded another outstanding season under Harvey’s watch in 2014, reaching the 20-win plateau for the 17th time in program history while clinching the programs’ 25th-consecutive postseason berth.
As the #2 seed in the conference tournament, the Eagles defeated #3 Maine-Farmington, 10-1, in a opening round contest and, several days later, earned a place in the NAC Championship title game for the ninth time in the last ten seasons with a 7-6 victory over top-seeded Castleton in the final round of the winner’s bracket. The Spartans defeated the Eagles, 6-1 to forced the if-necessary game. Unfortunately, Husson fell short, 7-5, in the finale.
Following the 2014 season, Harvey saw five players gain All-NAC honors, including Player of the Year, Dylan Foster and Pitcher of the Year, Tim Nason. Nason also became the first pitcher in program history to produce a sub 1.00 earned run average in a single-season since Ed Dingo in 1973. Foster collected All-New England honors from NEIBA, and ACBA and was selected to play in the NEIBA Senior All-Star Game.
The Eagles opened the 2013 season with high expectations, looking to capture the program’s first NAC championship since the NAC partnered with the NEAC beginning with the 2010 season.
As the #2 seed in the NAC Tournament, the Eagles defeated #3 Colby-Sawyer College, 1-0, and #4 seed Thomas (Maine), 14-6, to advance to the tourney championship for the eighth time in the last nine years as a conference member. Husson topped the top-seed Castleton by a 4-2 margin in the championship game to claim their first NAC crown since 2009.
Since the NAC/NEAC partenship had ended the NAC Champion couldn’t receive the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, unitl the following season. So Husson entered the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) DIII New England Championship Tournament, trying to earn at-large bid to the NCAA DIII New England Regional by winning the ECAC Tournament. However the Eagles fell short of their goal losing to Coast Guard, 3-1, in a quarterfinal matchup.
The 2013 HU Baseball team finished the year with a 26-18 record - the third 25-win season of Coach Harvey’s six years, including setting the program record for conference wins in a single-season with a 18-6 mark. The 2013 team featured five players who earned All-NAC honors, including NAC Rookie of the Year, JT Whitten and NAC Player of the Year, Shawn Smith, making it the third time that Husson as swept both the conference’s Player and Rookie of the year honors under Harvey and the sixth time in program history. Smith and Pat Thibodeau earned All-New England honors from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Assoication (NEIBA) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Smith also collected All-New England honors from the ECAC as well, while becoming the first player in program history to be selected to play in the NEIBA Senior All-Star Game.
Harvey’s 2012 squad went 19-18 and 14-6 NEAC East play en route to earning the #3 seed after losing seven seniors for last year’s NEAC Championship squad.
As the #3 seed in the NEAC East Tournament, the Eagles suffered two straight loss to #2 Thomas (Maine), 6-0, and #1 seed Castleton, 10-0, ending Husson’s seven year streak of reaching the conference championship title game in as many years as a league member. Two players collected All-NEAC East honors, Nate Adams and Kyle Vanidestine.
The 2011 season was another to remember for the Eagles Baseball program, as the team went 29-17 overall with a 12-2 record in NEAC East play and advanced to the NCAA DIII Tournament for the first time since 2009 after collecting the program’s first NEAC East Regular Season Title, the NEAC East Championship and the NEAC Championship crown. #7 seed Husson bowout of the NCAA DIII New England Regional tournament with two straight loss to #2 seed Western New England University, 2-0, and #3 seed Wheaton (Mass.) College, 8-4.
The spring of 2011 was filled with milestones and personal accolades. Coach Harvey collected his 100th victory when the Green and Gold notched a NEAC Championship win over Pennsylvania State University Berks on May 7th and senior shortstop Ethan Guerette becaming the fourth player in program history to reach the 200-hit plateau with a homerun against Lyndon State College on April 9th. Guerette garnered NEAC East Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season – making 2011 the third straight year in which Husson has had a player earn the honor and the first Eagle to be named conference player of the year in back-to-back seasons, while six players were named to All-NEAC East team, including Guerette and NEAC East Defensive Player of the Year, Tom Crews. Cody McInnis collected NEAC East Rookie of the Year honors.
The 2010 season should be remembered as a very successful one, as the Eagles went 23-21 overall and posted a 12-4 record in conference play en route to capturing the #2 seed in the NEAC East Tournament. Despite falling to #3 seed Thomas (Maine), 15-3, in their opening game of the conference tournament, Husson loss to top seed Castleton in the NEAC East title game, 6-5 in 11 innings. Husson was rewarded with the program’s first-ever ECAC DIII New England Championship tournament appearance following the NAC Runner-Up finish. Unfortunately, the Eagles loss to Wentworth, 5-0, in the quarterfinals. Harvey’s squad earned two All-NEAC East selection, including NEAC East Player of the Year Ethan Guerette, who became the ninth different Eagle in program history to achieve this honor.
The 2009 campaign will go down as one of the most memorable and historical seasons in Husson Baseball history. The Eagles posted a program record 33-14 record, including an 13-3 mark in NAC play, capturing the program’s first NAC title and berth into the NCAA Tournament which resulted in the program’s first two NCAA Tournament victories. The 33 wins also marked the first time in program history that Husson reached the 30-win plateau, which included the second longest winning streak in program history of 13 straight victories.
In a opening game of the conference tournament on May 1st, the Green and Gold walked-off with a 2-1 victory over #3 Thomas College to advance to the final winners’ bracket game, where Husson came from behind to defeat #1 Castleton, 10-6, reaching the program’s seventh straight conference championship tournament title game. Castleton forced an if-necessary game, with a 7-3 triumph over the Eagles on championship Sunday. Unfortunately for the Spartans the Eagles recorded their second walked-off victory of the tournament, 7-6, earn Husson their first ever berth into the NCAA DIII Championship Tournament. While at the New England Regional, hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University and the Little East Conference, the Eagles loss their opening game to #2 Unversity of Southern Maine, 5-4 in 10 innings, then posted two losers’ bracket victories with triumphs over #6 Worcester State University, 10-3, and #8 Babson College, 10-6. The Eagles’ historic run ended with 18-3 loss to #1 Eastern Connecticut State, falling one game short of reaching “Championship Sunday.”
Following the historical season, five players garned All-NAC honors, Nate Adams, Ethan Guerette, Nick Arthers, Chris Maguire and Chris Pease, while Arthers was named NAC Player of the Year and Kyle Vanidestine collected NAC Rookie of the Year honors - becoming the first Eagles to achieve these honors since the baseball program joined the NCAA for the 2005 season. Arthers also became the first Eagle in program history to be named to the NEIBA DIII All-New England Team.
Harvey’s first season (2008) was a challenging one to say as he led the Eagles to a 16-23 record, including a 5-5 mark in NAC play, resulting in the program’s first back-to-back losing seasons in over 20-years. That year he was slated to be one of Winkin’s assistant coaches, but was tabbed as Interim skipper after Winkin step down for health reasons.
Despite the losing record, Harvey guided the Eagles back to the NAC Championship game for the fourth time in as many years as a league member, falling in the championship if-necessary game to Castleton, 22-2.
The 2008 team featured five players who earned All-NAC honors, Ethan Guerette, Ryan Arsenault, Tom Crews, Dennis Graham, and Keith Nason.
Harvey was a three-sport standout for the Eagles’ baseball as a shortstop (2003, 2005-06), men’s basketball as a guard (2003, 2005-07) and men’s golf (2006) programs and was one of the most talented and hardworking male student-athletes Husson University Athletics has seen.
In men’s basketball, Harvey is ranked 29th all-time in scoring (1,217), tied for sixth in free throw percentage (.830), seventh in 3-point field goals attempted (494), ninth in free throws made (308), ninth in 3-point field goals made (163), steals (179) and tenth in assists (355) and steals average (1.7) and recorded the sixth best single-season free throw percentage of .855 in 2005.
The two-year captain helped guide the Eagles to a Sunrise Conference Regular Season and Tournament titles in 2003 and two NAC Regular Season titles in 2006 and 2007 and a runner-up finish in 2007.
Harvey was a two-time Maine Men’s Basketball Coaches and Writers Assoaction (MMBCWA) All-State selection, All-NAC choice, and All-NAC Tournament honoree in 2006 and 2007 and was named to the MMBCWA All-State rookie team in 2003. He was award the Nelson Degrasse Team Award his senior season and the Allan Kenyon Team award his junior season.
In Baseball - The three-time All-Conference shortstop was one of the greatest all-round players to wear a Husson uniform, setting numerous school records as a three-year starter for the Husson baseball program, while posting lofty career numbers with a .378 (145-384) average, 109 runs, 33 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs, and 104 RBI over 107 contests.
Harvey ranks fourth all-time in extra-base hits (56), fifth in slugging percentage (.612) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.068), tied for fifth in triples, tied for sixth in doubles, tied for 11th in home runs, 12th in total bases (235), 13th in batting average, tied for 13th in on-base percentage (.456), 15th in RBI, and 21st in hits.
As a freshman, despite only playing in 29 games, hit .346 (27-78), with 20 runs, 7 doubles, 2 homeruns, 34 RBI and 11 stolen bases en route to earning Sunrise Conference Rookie of the Year, and NAIA All-Northeast Region honors.
In 2005, as a junior, set the program’s single-game mark for most assists with nine vs. Castleton on May 12.
As a senior, set the single-season record for triples (9), total bases (131), assists (144) and extra-base hits (31), while posting his best season in a Husson uniform with an .444 batting average, with 79 hits, 53 runs (2nd most all-time), 16 doubles, 6 homeruns, 44 RBI, a .736 slugging Pct., a .492 on-base pct. and a 1.228 on-base plus slugging pct.
Harvey was a two-year captain under Winkin, guiding the Eagles to a 74-50 overall record with a Sunrise runner-up finish in 2003 and two runner-up finishes in the NAC in 2005 and 2006.
He spent the 2004 season at the University of Maine, starting every game at shortstop.
In Men’s Golf - Harvey helped the Eagles win their first of eight straight NAC Championships in his only season as a member of the golf team and served as co-head coach of the 2009 NAC Champions.
Harvey became the 67th member of men’s basketball program, the 20th member of the men’s golf program and the 51st member of the baseball program to be inducted into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame, when he was enshirined into the Hall of Fame on November 30, 2012.
Harvey earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management from Husson in 2007.
In addition to his coaching duties, Harvey also serves as Husson’s Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Game Management.
A native of Bucksport, Maine, Harvey attended Bucksport High School. He and his wife, Kristin, reside in Bangor, Maine with their two sons, Jacoby and Drew.