Women's Basketball


Head Coach Cheri Harrer

To contact Head Coach Cheri Harrer, please call her in the office at 440-826-3299 or e-mail her at charrer@bw.edu.    

Cheri Harrer has led the Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball program to be regarded among the elite in NCAA Division III.

Harrer will enter her 23rd year as head coach at BW in 2012-13. She is the winningest women's basketball coach in school history and second in the history of the prestigious Ohio Athletic Conference. She has compiled a 450-163 career record and a .734 winning percentage. Every year, Harrer's team is in the hunt for both an OAC regular season and OAC Tournament title as well as a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Click HERE for the Top 50 ACTIVE Division III women's basketball coaches by winning percentage and by number of wins (prior to 2011-2012 season). Harrer ranked 16th in terms of winning percentage and 26th in total wins.

Cheri Harrer's Numbers

Overall Record:

450-163 (.734)

OAC Record:

292-102 (.741)

OAC Tournament Record:

34-17 (.667)

OAC Regular Season Titles:


OAC Tournament Titles:


OAC Coach of the Year:

1998, 2000,
2006, 2008

Since coming to Berea in 1990, Harrer has taken the program to the forefront of the OAC and national spotlight.

Since 1999, BW has won seven of the last 13 OAC regular season championships and five OAC Tournament titles and appeared in 11 of the last 17 Division III national tourneys, including advancing to the "Elite 8" three times.

During the last 16 seasons, Harrer has led her team to a 376-89 overall record with an amazing .809 winning percentage -- the best of any school in the OAC.  In addition, Harrer and her teams have had 19 straight seasons with 15 or more victories, including 12 seasons with 20 or more wins during the past 16 years.

"We feel that we have built this program into one that is competitive with any other at the Division III level," said Harrer. "Our student-athletes are successful both in the classroom and on the basketball court.

"We emphasize that academics are the most important part of why we are at a Division III school," said Harrer. "We hope that each young woman in our program is as savvy and competitive on the court as she is in the classroom."

Every year Harrer's goals are for her team to win the prestigious OAC title, to advance to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and ultimately to win the national title.

"We have been blessed with great people," said Harrer. "Not only are they good students and good basketball players, they are good people. The young ladies in our program are committed to working hard. We have great team players and they are supportive of each other and all have a common goal. They push each other to reach their potential as a team and as individuals."

Harrer came to Berea and BW with five years of intercollegiate coaching experience at Bowling Green State University, Bluffton College and the University of Findlay, her alma mater. While earning her degree in math education at Findlay, Harrer was a four-year starter and an NAIA Academic All-American in basketball. As a point guard, she led Findlay to conference, district, and bi-district championships. Harrer lettered two years in volleyball and three years in track. In addition to serving as an assistant coach at Findlay after graduation, Harrer also served as the sports information director.

Harrer serves as the Women's Athletic Director and an associate professor in the Division of Health and Physical Education at Baldwin Wallace University. 

Cheri Harrer's Century Wins:  

  • 400: December 5, 2009 at Kenyon College (57-44)
  • 300: February 24, 2005 vs. Otterbein College/ OAC Tournament (75-69)
  • 200: December 18, 2001 at Heidelberg College (63-52)
  • 100: February 4, 1997 vs. John Carroll University (77-57)
Harrer Through the Years
Year Overall OAC
1990-91 8-18 4-14
1991-92 11-16 7-11
1992-93 15-10 9-9
1993-94 15-11 10-8
1994-95 16-10 11-7
1995-96 18-9! 12-6
1996-97 23-5! 16-2
1997-98 23-6! 15-3
1998-99 26-2! 17-1^*#
1999-00 28-2!* 16-0^#
2000-01 27-3! 17-1^*#
2001-02 20-7 14-4
2002-03 25-5! 15-3
2003-04 23-4 15-3^
2004-05 23-6! 16-2^#
2005-06 27-5! 17-1*^
2006-07 19-7 13-5
2007-08 27-3! 16-2^#
2008-09 22-8! 14-4
2009-10 19-8 14-4
2010-11 18-8 13-5
2011-12 17-10 11-7

^ - denotes OAC regular season champions
# - denotes OAC Tournament champions
* - denotes school record for wins
! - denotes NCAA Tournament appearance

This page was last updated on March 22, 2012.


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