Head women's basketball head coach Cheri Harrer is took the Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team to "The Big Dance" -- the 2020 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament -- for the 15th time in her illustrious career.
Coach Harrer, who is the 2019-2020 Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, 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 OAC and one of the all-time best in the history of Division III.
Harrer has compiled a 611-223 career record with a .733 winning percentage. Her teams have an amazing 28 straight seasons of 15 or more wins. She also has had 17 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 to the first of three "Elite Eight" games in the Div. III National Tournament.
Every year, Harrer’s team is in the hunt for both an OAC regular season and OAC Tournament title, and this past season's squad had compiled a 28-2 record and won the OAC regular season and OAC Tournament titles. The OAC regular season crown is Harrer's ninth and the OAC Tournament crown was her seventh.
Harrer Has Built the Program from the Ground Up
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.
The Next Step Was the NCAA Tournament
Cheri Harrer's Numbers
OAC Tournament Record:
OAC Regular Season Titles:
OAC Tournament Titles:
OAC Coach of the Year:
|NCAA Division III Tournament Appearances||15|
|NCAA Division III Tournament Record||11-12 (.478)|
Since the 1998-1999 season, and in addition to her OAC titles, Harrer and the Yellow Jackets have advanced to the “Elite 8” of the NCAA Division III National Tournament three times and to the "Sweet 16" five times.
Coach Harrer Truly Believes in the Student-Athlete Philosophy
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:
- 600 February 1, 2020 versus Muskingum University (86-56)
- 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|
^ - denotes Ohio Athletic Conference regular season champions; # - denotes OAC Tournament champions; * - denotes school record for wins; ! - denotes NCAA Tournament appearance
Cheri Harrer Related Story Links:
Summer 2013: Cheri Harrer Inducted into the Crawford County Hall of Fame: The Induction Biography
February 1, 2020: Cheri Harrer Hits 600 Career Wins: d3hoops Feature
Feb. 11, 2020 Terry Pluto Feature Story on Cheri Harrer in The Plain Dealer: THE FEATRE STORY