Saint Michael's: 'Michael Harding To Lead Purple Knights Men's Basketball Program'

Saint Michael's: 'Michael Harding To Lead Purple Knights Men's Basketball Program'



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COLCHESTER, Vt. - Michael Harding, formerly the Associate Head Coach at NCAA Division II Stonehill College, has been named head coach of the Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball program. The announcement was made today by the College’s Director of Athletics, Geri Knortz. Stonehill and Saint Michael’s are both members of the highly-regarded Northeast-10 Conference, a 16-member league considered by many to be the nation’s most competitive and comprehensive Division II conference.            

“I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Michael Harding,” said Knortz. “Saint Michael’s College is fortunate to have a strong and diverse talent pool to work with in this search, and I am confident that the College has made an excellent choice.            

“Aside from the obvious on-court success at Stonehill, we are also very impressed with Michael’s considerable skill set in recruiting, communication, and fostering academic success,” Knortz continued. “His professional philosophy is a great fit for Saint Michael’s, and I have no doubt that his intellect, enthusiasm, and work ethic will quickly become evident to our campus, alumni, and greater Burlington communities.”

Harding completed his fifth season with the Stonehill men’s basketball program last month, where he played a vital role in another epic year for the Skyhawks. Stonehill spent the season ranked as one of the nation’s top Division II programs, winning the NE-10 regular season championship, and hosting the NCAA Regional Tournament as the East region’s top seed. At season’s end, Stonehill was 24-6 overall, and a remarkable 20-2 in the NE-10.             

Stonehill men’s basketball has enjoyed a remarkable run of success with Harding on staff. Since his arrival in 2005, the program has gone 106-47 overall, with two NE-10 Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances – including a National Final Four berth in 2006.             

As Associate Head Coach, Harding also served as Stonehill's recruiting coordinator and travel coordinator, and developed season strength and conditioning programs, in addition to his on-floor coaching responsibilities.             

Prior to his arrival at Stonehill, Harding was the assistant coach at his alma mater, Bowdoin College (NCAA Division III), for the 2004-05 campaign. He spent his first year after graduation as a teacher and assistant varsity basketball coach at the Landon School, a prep high school located in Bethesda, Md.             

Harding said, “I am thrilled to be named head men’s basketball coach at Saint Michael’s College, and I would like to thank President Jack Neuhauser, Athletics Director Geri Knortz and the college’s administration for providing me with this incredible opportunity. This is an exciting time to be associated with the Saint Michael’s athletics program, and I hope to be able to build a program at Saint Michael’s that the college, alumni, and community can be proud of.”             

Harding earned a bachelor’s degree in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin in 2003. He was a four-year member of the men’s basketball team, and captained the Polar Bears as a senior. Harding was the recipient of the Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar Award for academic excellence, as well as being selected as the Lenox Foundation Book Award honoree for his exemplary scholarship. He also earned the Hixon Memorial Leadership Prize in his senior year. He went on to earn a master's degree in education from Tufts University in 2007.             

Saint Michael’s will host a Media Reception on Tuesday afternoon, April 20, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in the College’s Pomerleau Alumni Center. In addition to Coach Harding, there will also be members of the men’s basketball team, faculty, staff, and administration in attendance and available for comment.

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