Harvey replaces Chris Ratcliff, who resigned last week to become athletics director at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla.
Harvey recently 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.
“I felt for the continuity of our program in intercollegiate athletics that naming Coach Harvey to this important position would provide a seamless transition in leadership,” said UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes. “I am confident John can provide the direction and stability we need to ensure the success of our student-athletes. He has excelled as a coach and an administrator and is well suited to take on these additional duties.”
Harvey became UAM’s head baseball coach in 2011. In the six seasons since, the 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.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity and I hope to justify Chancellor Hughes’ faith in me as we move forward,” said Harvey. “Chris Ratcliff has left a solid foundation and with the help of an outstanding group of coaches we will continue the institution’s commitment to the success of our student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing fields.”
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