Michael Harding enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Assumption College men's basketball program in 2018-19.
Last season Assumption finished 7-20 overall, highlighted by a 70-67 win at home over NE10 Finalist and NCAA participant Saint Anselm. The Hounds also earned a road victory over Adelphi, despite returning just two starters from a season ago. Freshman Matthew Kelly led the team in scoring and was three times named NE10 Rookie of the Week while earning NE10 All-Rookie Team honors and WACBA Rookie of the Year honors.
Last season the Hounds went 7-21 overall with five victories in conference play, including a road victory against Stonehill and a sweep of Saint Michael's. Harding's team also ranked fourth in the NE10 in scoring defense at 76.7 points per game, despite bringing back just one starter from the previous year. In his first year on the sideline for Assumption, Harding took over a team in transition, finishing the season with a 6-20 record with wins over NE10 foes Le Moyne and Saint Michael's.
Harding came to Assumption from Division I UMass Lowell, where he has served as the program’s associate head coach from 2013-2015. During his two seasons with the Riverhawks, he worked closely with head coach Pat Duquette as the program transitioned from Division II to Division I.
Prior to his time at UMass Lowell, Harding was the men’s basketball head coach from 2010-2013 at NE10 member Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. In his three seasons with the Purple Knights, Harding led his team to the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the first time since 2007 while recruiting a number of future All-Conference performers to the Purple Knights program.
His longest stop was at NE10 rival Stonehill College from 2005-2010, where Harding served as the program’s associate head coach as the Skyhawks captured two Northeast-10 Championships, advanced to three NCAA Regionals and one NCAA Final Four in 2006. He helped recruit a class of student-athletes that averaged over 20 wins per season for five straight seasons.
Harding’s coaching career began at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he worked for the 2004-2005 season. A 2003 graduate of Bowdoin, Harding earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in government and legal studies while also serving as the senior captain of the basketball team. He went on to earn his Master of Arts degree in education from Tufts University in May 2007.