Coaches

Chris Harney, Camp Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach of St. Mary's

The school's all-time winningest coach, Chris Harney '97 embarks on his 13th season at the helm of the Seahawk men's basketball program in 2017-18. 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 and men's soccer as well as working closely with the Office of Admissions.

The success the Seahawks have experienced under Harney's leadership is unparalled in St. Mary's 51-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.

AT ST. MARY'S

  • 228-106 (.683) in 12 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 2016-17)
  • Two D3hoops.com All-America selections - Alex Franz '11 (2011), Nicholas LaGuerre '15 (2015)
  • 10 D3hoops.com All-Middle Atlantic Region selections (through 2016-17)
  • 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 2016-17)
  • 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 2016-17)
  • 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
  • 33 student-athletes named to CAC All-Academic Team since 2008-09 (through 2016-17)

BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL (BEL AIR, MD)

  • Spent three years as head varsity boys basketball coach
  • Led Bel Air to a program-best 21-3 record during 2003-04 season
  • 2013-14 Harford County Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun
  • Compiled a three-year record of 41-27
  • Led team to their highest area ranking in three decades
  • Started as an assistant for the 2000-01 season

EDUCATION

  • Transferred to St. Mary's (Md.) from Ocean County College
  • B.A. in history plus teaching certification from St. Mary’s (Md.) (1997)
Solomon Zurier, Assistant Coach at St. Mary's

Solomon Zurier returns to the Seahawk men's basketball sidelines for his fourth season in 2017-18. For this season, Zurier earned a promotion this past summer as the program's second-ever full-time Assistant Coach/Assistant Director of Game Operations.

The Columbia, Maryland native came to St. Mary's by way of West Virginia University and Morgantown High School. Zurier served as an assistant coach at Morgantown HS, working with both the JV and varsity teams. While an undergraduate at WVU, he co-founded and coached the WVU club basketball team. He also interned with the WVU strength & conditioning coach.

Zurier graduated from WVU in 2014 with a degree in athletic coaching and a minor in sport and exercise psychology.

Mikel Kosich, Assistant Coach at St. Mary's

Mikel Kosich enters his third season as an assistant men's basketball coach for the Seahawks in 2017-18. Kosich primarily assists with program operations, travel logistics, opponent scheduling, fundraising, community engagement, and financial procurement, in addition to basketball priorities. He made his way to St. Mary’s after spending two years away from the hardwood, coaching on the professional tennis tour.

Over the past two seasons, Kosich has helped guide the Seahawks to a pair of Capital Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship Tournament bids, including the 2016 semifinals.

He served as the team manager for the Division II Montana State University Billings men’s basketball program for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Assisting the coaching staff with a variety of tasks, his primary duties included dealing with practice and game day operations, travel preparations, working with the coaching staff during individual player workouts, scouting reports, and in-game specific stat tracking.

During his two years with the Yellowjacket program, Kosich helped the team to a pair of winning records, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) tournament championship in 2012, and an NCAA tournament bid.

Prior to MSUB, the Highlands Ranch, Colorado native was a co-head manager for Dr. John Giannini’s men’s basketball program at Division I La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kosich was one of two managers to primarily travel with the Explorers during the 2010-11 campaign.

His primary duties at La Salle included assisting the Director of Basketball Operations, assembling the necessary practice and game materials at home and on the road, locker room maintenance, practice participation, and outside shooting workouts with individual players including the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year (Steve Weingarten) and All-Rookie Team honoree (Tyreek Duren).

Kosich was a scholarship student-athlete, playing tennis at La Salle and Montana State Billings. He competed at No. 1 singles for both institutions. During his time as a student-athlete, Kosich was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at both schools.

He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and holds a USA Basketball Gold License as well as an International Sport Science Association (ISSA) Strength & Conditioning Coaching certificate.

Away from the basketball court, he has spent time over the last five years coaching, traveling, and managing professional tennis athletes on the WTA, ATP, and ITF tennis tours.

Kosich graduated cum laude in May 2015 with a B.S. in business administration from the Montana State Billings College of Business. He earned an Ivy League certificate in Sports Industry Essentials from Columbia University in 2017.