2011 Small School Coach of the Year: Bruce Harbach, Lancaster Catholic
His overall record is 105-24.
These seniors were sophomores the last time they won a state title.
“It means so much for the kids and so much for the program,” Harbach continued. “It’s especially important for the seniors who have played their last game for us and will never wear the purple and gold again. We wanted them to go out in style with that championship and we got it for them.”
Lancaster Catholic joined the 2008 Steelton-Highspire team as the only other District 3 school to post a 16-0 season.
“This is the last check mark,” said Harbach, who celebrated his 105th career victory. “It’s absolutely mission accomplished.”
They broke the school record of 15 wins that was previously held in 2009. The new record is 16.
Under Harbach they have won the last seven L-L League Section Three championships in a row and three of the last four District three “AA” championships. The Crusaders have appeared in the District three AA playoffs eight straight years.
Harbach was an assistant coach for 25 years, coaching at the college level at schools like West Chester and Albright College. He graduated from Wilson High School and assistant coached there too.
Next year his team will be moving up to 3A and play in the section one, Lancaster/Lebanon League.
Stats provided by Jeff Reinhart and quotes by Josh Funk
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