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Lance Harvell
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Lance Harvell 1886815
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: College Station
Other College: Texas A&M ('06)

Lance Harvell enters his fourth season with the Sam Houston State baseball program in 2018, serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bearkats.

As recruiting coordinator, Harvell led efforts resulting in the top Southland Conference recruiting classes two consecutive seasons, according to D1Baseball.com. In November 2016, Harvell was named the top recruiting coordinator in the Southland by D1Baseball.com.

Harvell's second recruiting class helped Sam Houston to unprecident success in 2017. The Bearkats matched a Division I program record with 44 victories including four at the NCAA Lubbock Regional to clinch the championship and the team's first-ever berth in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Sam Houston captured its third Southland Conference championship in two seasons, running off four-straight victories at the tournament championship to clinch a second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

The 2017 squad finished nationally ranked in all six polls, checking in at No. 14 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 16 (NCBWA), No. 18 (D1 Baseball), No. 19 (USA Today Coaches), No. 20 (Baseball America) and No. 22 (Perfect Game).

In the last two seasons, three Sam Houston players have been named All-Americans including a pair of Freshmen All-Americans in Hayden Wesneski (2017) and Riley Gossett (2016). Heath Donica was also named Third-Team All-America in 2017 and was selected in the 21st round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. In total, nine players have been drafted in three seasons that Harvell has served as assistant including Bryce Johnson, the first player recruited by the staff, who went in the sixth round to the San Francisco Giants.

In 2017, Sam Houston finished its regular season as one of two teams nationally ranked in the top-25 for both ERA (3.58) and batting average. The Bearkats led the Southland Conference in 12 different team categories and checked in at third nationally in triples (28), fourth in sacrifice bunts (70), 10th in hits (676) and 10th in stolen bases (102).

The pitching staff also showcased its dominance, setting a new program best with 522 strikeouts while posting a 3.80 ERA. Sam Houston led the Southland Conference in earned run average (3.80), strikeouts (522) and saves (20) while finishing second in opponent batting average (.258). The success came during a season in which the bullpen featured eight first-year players including six freshmen. 

His inaugural recruiting class played a significant role in leading Sam Houston to both the Southland Conference regular season and tournament championships on the way to the NCAA Regionals in 2016.

In 2016, Sam Houston welcomed 19 freshmen and 29 newcomers and notched notable wins against No. 2 Texas A&M (5-0), Houston (4-0) and Baylor (6-5). With a formula for postseason success, the Kats compiled a schedule that included 15 preseason top 25 foes, and shined in that stretch. Sam Houston swept No. 25 Oklahoma in three games at Don Sanders Stadium.

The 2016 Bearkats finished the regular season first in league games in stolen bases against (7), stolen base against percentage (.350), second in fielding percentage (.973), second in batting average (.306), second in opponent batting average (.231), second in triples (11), second in stolen bases (45), third in hits (309), third in total bases (442) and third in earned run average (2.95).

Harvell joined Matt Deggs' staff prior to the 2015 season after two years as the volunteer assistant at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Harvell helped guide the Ragin' Cajuns to national prominence and the best offense in the country two straight years. The 2014 team finished the season with a 58-10 record, the third best record in NCAA history, and the best record and most wins in school and Sun Belt Conference history.

At the end of the regular season the Cajuns were the consensus No. 1 by every poll, earned the No. 6 national seed, had a school record seven players taken in the MLB draft, and led the country with three first-team All-Americans. The Cajuns offense finished ranked in the top 3 nationally in 26 of the 29 offensive categories, notably:

NCAA rank

Category

Total

#1

Slugging %

(.506)

#1

OPS%

(.916)

#1

Triples

(26)

#2

Batting Average

(.319)

#2

Runs Scored

(448)

#2

Total Bases

(975)

#2

Home Runs

(61)

#2

Doubles

(125)

#2

RBI

(407)

#4

Stolen Bases

(109)

Along the way to winning the Sun Belt regular season and tournament championships, several Cajuns players earned postseason recognition. Jace Conrad was named first-team All American, Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Dick Howser Award Semi-Finalist (National Player of the Year), Gregg Olson Award Candidate (Breakout Player of the Year), and was a 13th round selection by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Blake Trahan earned first-team All-American accolades, first-team All-Conference honors, selected to play short stop for the Team USA Collegiate National team, and was a Brooks Wallace Award Finalist (Best College Short Stop).

Caleb Adams (who also played for Harvell at Texarkana JC) earned first-team All-American honors, first-team All-Conference, Golden Spikes Award Candidate, Dick Howser Award Semi-Finalist, and was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 10th round.

Seth Harrison was named to the second-team, Golden Spikes Award Candidate, and was a seventh round pick by the San Francisco Giants. Also earning second-team All-Conference recognition were Ryan Leonards (21st round pick of the Chicago White Sox) and catcher Mike Strentz, a free agent signee of the Anaheim Angels.

Before going to Louisiana-Lafayette, Harvell spent three years (2010-2012) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texarkana Junior College. In his time there the Bulldogs produced some of the best offenses in their conference and region in terms of production, leading the conference in batting in 2011 and 2012. Under his tutelage Texarkana never finished lower than second in team batting and over 25 position players moved on to play division I baseball.

In 2011 and 2012 Texarkana led the conference in batting average, hits, runs scored, stolen bases, doubles, and triples, hitting .310 and .314 respectively. In 2010, the Bulldogs won the conference championship and finished in the top four of every major offensive category.

Between 2010 and 2012, Texarkana hitters claimed more postseason honors than any other school, including the 2011 and 2012 conference players of the year and the 2011 freshman of the year.

Harvell spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M.  During the 2009 season he was the team's strength and conditioning coach. In 2008 he served as the pitching assistant, helping the Aggies to a Big 12 regular season championship, NCAA regional championship, and an NCAA super regional berth.

He was an All-Conference and All-Region catcher at Richland Community College in Dallas. In 2003 and 2004 he led his team to back-to-back NJCAA National Championships. Harvell then moved on to Texas A&M where he walked on as a catcher in 2005 and 2006.

Harvell graduated from A&M in 2006 with a B.S. in Sport Management and earned his Master's degree in the same field in 2009. He and his wife Courtney and son Bodie reside in Huntsville.

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