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Harnish tabbed to lead RSCC women’s basketball

David Harnish, Roane State’s new head women’s basketball coach, will hit the hardwood running as he assumes his new duties.

But for this Colorado native, it’s a return to what he loves doing and does so well. Harnish, 60, was the coach of the Western Nebraska Community College’s women’s team for 29 years and built a remarkable career record of 764 wins and 155 losses.

In 2003, his team played in the national championship title game before coming up short and finishing second in the nation.

He has coached 14 All-Americans and more than 40 All-Region student athletes.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a coach coming in who has taken his former school to the NJCAA Division I tournament and has enjoyed such great, long-term success,” Roane State Athletic Director Randy Nesbit said.

“He has a strong recruiting background and over a short period will get our program competing for the top of our league,” Nesbit said.

Harnish takes the helm after longtime Lady Raiders coach Monica Boles stepped down at the end of the 2018-19 season to return to teaching full-time.

“I sincerely appreciate Roane State President Chris Whaley, Teresa Duncan, the college’s vice president of workforce and community development, Coach Nesbit and the hiring committee for this opportunity to become part of such a welcoming community and outstanding athletic program,” Harnish said.

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