CHERI HARRER took her 14th Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team to "The Big Dance" -- the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. Coach Harrer has spent her entire teaching and coaching career dedicated to the academic and athletic success of her student-athletes. Simply, Cheri Harrer is an outstanding basketball coach and her program is regarded among the elite in NCAA Division III. She is the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history, second in the 116-year history of the prestigious Ohio Athletic Conference and one of the all-time best in the history of Division III.
Harrer has compiled a 584-221 career record with a .725 winning percentage. Her teams have an amazing 27 straight seasons of 15 or more wins. She also has had 16 teams that won 20 or more contests. Harrer led the program to a school-record 28 victories and a 28-2 mark in 1999-2000 when BW advanced for the first of four times to the "Elite Eight" of the Div. III national tournament.
Every year, Harrer’s team is in the hunt for both an OAC regular season and OAC Tournament title as well as a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. From 1990 through 1998, Harrer built the program into a winner, and has since taken it to the forefront of the OAC and Division III national spotlight. The program went from winning eight games in her initial season to 23 victories and a 23-6 record in 1997-1998
Cheri Harrer's Numbers
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Since the 1998-1999 season, Harrer and the Yellow Jackets have won eight OAC regular season championships and captured six OAC Tournament titles. BW has advanced to the “Elite 8” of the NCAA Division III National Tournament four times and the "Sweet 16" five times.
Harrer came to Berea and BW with five years of intercollegiate coaching experience at Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University and the University of Findlay, her alma mater. While earning her degree in math education at Findlay, Harrer was a four-year starter and an NAIA Academic All-American in basketball. As a point guard, she led Findlay to conference, district, and bi-district championships. Harrer lettered two years in volleyball and three years in track.
In addition to serving as an assistant coach at Findlay after graduation, Harrer also served as the sports information director.
Harrer serves as BW's Senior Women’s Administrator and as an associate professor in the Division of Health and Physical Education. She was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 20, 2017. She also was inducted into the Crawford County Hall of Fame in 2014.
Cheri Harrer's Century Wins:
- 500: January 17, 2015 at Ohio Northern University (69-64)
- 400: December 5, 2009 at Kenyon College (57-44)
- 300: February 24, 2005 vs. Otterbein College/ OAC Tournament (75-69)
- 200: December 18, 2001 at Heidelberg College (63-52)
- 100: February 4, 1997 vs. John Carroll University (77-57)
|Harrer Through the Years|
KEY: &&& -- denotes 2018-2019 record prior to NCAA Div. III National Tournament on March 1, 2019
^ - denotes Ohio Athletic Conference regular season champions; # - denotes OAC Tournament champions; * - denotes school record for wins; ! - denotes NCAA Tournament appearance