Lance Harvell – Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator – Baseball Coaches
Lance Harvell is entering his third year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Nebraska in 2022, having joined the staff in June 2019. Harvell coaches hitters and outfielders, while also serving as the Huskers’ third base coach .
The Huskers hit a Big Ten-best .279 in 2021, backed by three players in the league’s top 25 in batting average: Jaxon Hallmark (.342), Max Anderson (.332) and Luke Roskam (.307 ). Hallmark, an outfielder, earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Nebraska went on to finish 34-14, claiming the Big Ten regular season championship, and advancing to an NCAA Regional Finals.
Harvell led the Huskers’ recruiting efforts, and their 15-member recruiting class in 2021, which included a trio of top 200 prospects, was ranked 20th by Perfect Game, 21st by Baseball America and 36th by Collegiate Baseball.
Harvell’s first season at Lincoln was cut short after 15 games in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NU’s offense was hitting .281 and had 17 homers, while averaging 6.8 runs per game.
Before coming to Lincoln, Harvell spent five seasons at Sam Houston State as the team’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Matt Deggs. During that span, the Bearkats won four Southland Conference regular season titles and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Harvell established himself as the Southland Conference’s top scouting coordinator by D1Baseball.com.
In 2019, Sam Houston State went 31-25 and won the Southland Conference with a 20-10 league mark. Hayden Wesneski, Jordan Cannon, Nick Mikolajchak and Hunter Hearn were each selected in the 2019 MLB Draft after the season. Additionally, Colton Cowser was named Southland Hitter of the Year and stood out on Team USA.
In 2018, the Bearkats posted a 39-20 overall record, which included a 24-6 conference record, as they captured the league crown in the regular season.
Sam Houston State had a season-record 44 Division I wins in 2017 to advance to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional. The 2017 team finished nationally in all six polls, recording 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).
The Bearkats stormed the Southland Conference Tournament with four straight wins to claim the crown and earn the automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament. In the Lubbock Regional, the team twice eliminated No. 5 Texas Tech and won both games against No. 16-ranked Arizona to earn a spot in the Tallahassee Super Regional.
Heath Donica earned All-America and Southland Pitcher of the Year honors in 2017, while Wesneski earned Freshman All-America accolades and Southland Freshman-of-the-Year recognition. Sam Houston State finished the 2017 regular season as one of two nationally ranked teams in the top 25 for ERA (3.58) and batting average.
In 2016, the Bearkats swept the regular season and tournament titles from Southland to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Sam Houston State, which welcomed 19 freshmen and 29 newcomers, went 42-22 overall and posted a 24-6 conference mark.
In 2015, Sam Houston State won 31 games and advanced to the Southland Tournament Championship Game.
Harvell spent two years as a volunteer assistant at Louisiana in 2013 and 2014. Harvell helped guide the Ragin’ Cajuns to national prominence and the nation’s top offense two years in a row. 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 history. Conference.
At the end of the regular season, the Cajuns were the consensus No. 1 team in 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 has finished in the top three nationally in 26 of 29 offensive categories.
Along the way to winning regular-season and Sun Belt Tournament championships, several Cajun players received playoff recognition, including first-team All-American Jace Conrad, who also earned player honors from the Sun Belt conference year before being selected in the 13th round of the MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Blake Trahan and Caleb Adams (who also played for Harvell at Texarkana) also earned First-Team All-America accolades.
Harvell spent three years at Texarkana College, including two under Bolt, as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2010-2012. While at Texarkana, the Bulldogs produced some of the best offenses in their conference and region. in production, leading the conference in batting in 2011 and 2012. Under his tutelage, Texarkana never finished below second in team batting and over 25 positional players moved up to Division I baseball.
In 2011 and 2012, Texarkana led the conference in batting average, hits, runs scored, stolen bases, doubles and triples, reaching .310 and .314 respectively. In 2010, the Bulldogs won the conference championship and finished in the top four in every major offensive category.
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 an assistant pitcher, helping the Aggies win the regular season Big 12 crown, an NCAA regional title and a berth in the NCAA Super Regional.
During his playing days, Harvell was an all-conference, all-region wide receiver at Richland Community College in Dallas. In 2003 and 2004, he led his team to back-to-back NJCAA national titles. Harvell walked to Texas A&M in 2005 and 2006 as a catcher.
Harvell graduated from Texas A&M in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and received his master’s degree in the same field in 2009. He and his wife Courtney have two sons, Bodie and Dexter, and a daughter, Ellie.