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)
Matt Howerton, Assistant Coach at St. Mary's

Matt Howerton joined the St. Mary's men's basketball coaching staff in 2017-18. Howerton brings solid knowledge of the Capital Athletic Conference after spending the last two seasons at conference foe, Marymount (Va.) University (2015-17).

He joined the Marymount staff in 2015 after spending a year at the Impact Basketball Academy in Sarasota, Florida, where he was an assistant coach for both its post-graduate and varsity high school teams. Howerton was also a player development specialist, working with kids from all over the United States and different countries of the world. With his efforts, he helped numerous players earn scholarships to various levels of collegiate basketball.

Prior to Impact, Howerton was the head manager at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania for four years where he oversaw and coordinated the team’s managers and provided smooth operation of the team. He also assisted the whole men’s basketball staff under Head Coach Joe Lombardi. Howerton helped the program to a 99-23 record, four regular-season Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships and two conference tournament championships in his four years as manager.

In August 2014, he worked with the Dominican National Team’s training camp. Additionally, Howerton has worked with various Division I camps at Kentucky, Virginia Commonwealth, St. Louis, Navy, George Mason, and Hoop Group. He also volunteered as a youth coach at Chantilly Youth Association for the SNAP Special Needs Assistant program.

A native of Chantilly, Virginia, Howerton graduated from IUP in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in sport administration and a minor in business.