MONTICELLO, AR — John Harvey was rewarded for his success as head baseball coach at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Tuesday morning.
Harvey became the first coach in school history to sign a multi-year contract when he inked a two-year agreement with automatic two-year rollovers through 2021. Harvey led UAM to a 40-16 record in 2016 that included the Great American Conference tournament championship and the school’s second-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournament. The Boll Weevils finished one victory away from earning a berth in the Division II College World Series.
“This contract is our way of showing our appreciation for all Coach Harvey has accomplished with our baseball program,” said UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes, “but it’s about more than just wins and losses. It’s about the type of young men he has brought to his program and the campus. It’s about doing things the right way, on the field and in the classroom. And it’s about a young coach and his family who are assets to the university and the community. We hope to keep him for a long time.”
In 2011 Harvey took over a struggling UAM baseball program that had lost 143 games and won just 35 in the four previous seasons. In the six seasons since, Harvey’s Boll Weevils are 160-125, including a 125-73 mark over the last four seasons that included victory totals of 32, 36 and 40 games.
“John has made a huge impact on our baseball program and on the athletic program as a whole,” said Chris Ratcliff, UAM athletics director. “In today’s climate, successful coaches are hot commodities and we wanted to make sure John understood how much we valued his leadership and how much we are committed to his program.”
Under Harvey’s leadership, the Boll Weevils have produced two All-Americans, six All-South Region selections, 29 All-Great American Conference selections and had 30 players named to the All-GAC Academic Honor Roll. In 2016, right fielder Corey Wood became the first UAM player to receive the Josh Willingham Award given to the most valuable player at the NCAA Division II level.
“I’m deeply gratified, first by the support given to the baseball program by Chancellor Hughes and by Chris Ratcliff,” said Harvey, “and for their faith in me as a coach. My family and I love Monticello and this university and I am pleased that they have chosen to make this commitment, not just to me, but to the baseball program.”
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PHOTO CAPTION: UAM baseball coach John Harvey (right) signs a multi-year contract Tuesday morning. Pictured with Harvey are (left) Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics, and (center) UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes.
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