Former Furman head coach Brett Harker named head coach of Limestone baseball team

Former Furman head coach Brett Harker named head coach of Limestone baseball team

Harker was named Furman’s head baseball coach in July of 2016. In 2017, he helped the team to a third-place regular season finish and tournament runner-up finish, 11-game league winning streak, and program tying 33 victories. Furman made the decision to cut its baseball program in May of 2020.

Before Furman, Harker served as the pitching coach at Newberry (S.C.) College in 2014, where he worked with four all-conference performers. Prior to that he coached pitchers and coordinated recruiting at North Greenville (S.C.) University for the 2013 campaign.

He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Greenville High School in 2011 and also worked as an instructor/16U travel baseball team manager at the West End Baseball Academy from 2011-13.

He played college baseball at the College of Charleston, where appeared in 78 games and posted a career record of 14-6 with a 4.08 ERA, setting a school season record with 15 saves and finishing his CofC tenure with a program record 29 saves. In 2014, he was inducted into the College of Charleston’s Wall of Fame.

Following his junior season, Harker was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He spent four seasons in the Phillies organization, advancing to Double A before being selected in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft by the Florida Marlins, where he competed in both Double and Triple A. In 2010, he played with the Northern League Schaumburg Flyers before completing his professional career with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association.

Harker spent last season coaching at his alma mater, Hillcrest high school, as the Rams’ pitching coach. The team won its first state title in program history.

“It’s been a wild ride but we’ve always ended up where we’re supposed to be,” Harker said. “I don’t think I’ve gotten this far in life and that’s going to change. We’re thankful for where we are. We’re going take today and see what tomorrow brings.”

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