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Pacific Lutheran welcomes three
new coaches into fold
By Nick Dawson
Three new coaches (left to
right): Jerrod Fleury '96, Dave Harshman, and John Yorke
A pair of Pacific Lutheran graduates
and the son of one of the school's most well-known and successful
coaches have joined the school's coaching staff.
John Yorke '91 has been selected to replace Joe Waters as men's
soccer head coach. Jerrod Fleury '96 has been named women's soccer
head coach, replacing Sue Waters. And in men's basketball, PLU
reached back into its past in order to move into the future. Dave
Harshman, an assistant coach for two seasons from 1972-74 and
the son of Lute coaching legend and Basketball Hall of Fame member
Marv Harshman, was named head coach. He replaces Bruce Haroldson,
who retired after 19 seasons at the university.
Dave Harshman, Men's Basketball
"We are very pleased to have Dave Harshman join our staff,"
said PLU athletic director Dr. Paul Hoseth. "Successful Division
III coaches must be excellent teachers. Dave has been teaching
basketball skills to various ages of young people for many years.
We believe he has the experience, skills and enthusiasm to be
successful at PLU."
Since 1994, Harshman has run "Hoops With Harsh," providing
instruction and player development to individuals and groups.
In addition, since 1989 he has worked as a college and high school
basketball color analyst for Fox Sports Northwest based in Bellevue.
He also served as color analyst on Seattle Supersonics radio broadcasts
Harshman last coached in the college basketball ranks at Washington
State University, where he was an assistant for two seasons from
1987-89. Prior to that, he was the associate head coach at Lamar
University during the 1986-87 season. He also held assistant coaching
positions at Iowa State University from 1976-77, at University
of Nebraska from 1977-78 and at Michigan State University from
1978-81, including the Spartans' 1979 national championship season.
Harshman was head basketball coach from 1974-76 at Spokane Falls
In addition to his college experience, Harshman was an assistant
coach of the NBA's Seattle Supersonics during the 1983-84 season
and the head coach and general manager of the Continental Basketball
Association's Wisconsin Flyers during the 1982-83 campaign.
Harshman earned his bachelor's degree from Washington State University
Dave Harshman's father, Marv, coached at Pacific Lutheran from
1945-58, compiling a 236-116 record. He later went on to coaching
success at Washington State University and the University of Washington.
John Yorke '91, Men's Soccer
Since 1993, Yorke has been a social studies teacher and boys varsity
soccer coach at Auburn High School, where he earned South Puget
Sound League Coach of the Year honors in 2000 and 2001. He also
served as the girls varsity head coach at Auburn High School from
1998-2001. Prior to that, Yorke was the Green River Community
College women's soccer coach from 1991-95. He is currently on
the coaching staff for area club team FC United.
Yorke played two years of college soccer at Green River Community
College before playing a year each at PLU and Belhaven (Miss.)
College. He returned to PLU and earned his bachelor's degree in
Jerrod Fleury '96, Women's Soccer
Fleury is an eighth-grade health and physical education teacher
in the Federal Way School District. He served as women's soccer
head coach at Central Washington University in 1998 and 1999,
leading his 1998 team to the Pacific West Conference championship
with a 12-6-1 record. Fleury started his coaching career at Tacoma
Community College, where he was the men's soccer head coach from
1991-93. He became the women's coach at TCC in 1996 and 1997,
finishing with a 36-1-3 overall record and leading both teams
to league and state championships. Fleury also coached boys and
girls high school soccer in several area schools.
Fleury earned his bachelor's degree in physical education at PLU,
and is scheduled to finish work on a master's in athletic administration
from Central Washington later this year.
"The field of candidates for both (soccer coaching) positions
was outstanding. We are pleased to have both John and Jerrod join
our coaching staff," said Hoseth. "I am confident that
these men will give excellent leadership to their programs and
will help to provide an outstanding collegiate experience for