Harry Sheehy was named Director of Athletics in May of 2000 and
has guided the Ephs to nine consecutive Directors' Cups, extending
the current Eph streak to 11 in 2009.
Williams has won 13 of the 14 Directors' Cups awarded in NCAA Division III. In 1995, 1999, 2001, 2004 & 2009 Williams won the Josten’s Award, given annually to the ECAC institution that best combines excellence in academics and athletics. The only other school to win the award more than once is Princeton University (twice). In addition, during Sheehy’s tenure, Sports Illustrated selected Williams as both the best college for women athletes, and the nation’s best Division III athletic program.
Prior to being appointed Director of Athletics, Sheehy was Head
Men’s Basketball Coach at Williams for 17 years. During his
tenure his teams compiled a record of 324-104 (.757), which is the
third best winning percentage in the history of Division III
men’s basketball. Sheehy’s teams were frequently
ranked in the Top Ten nationally and posted the second highest
winning percentage (221-45 -- .830) in the nation in the
Sheehy’s teams were regulars in post season play, earning 12 consecutive tournament bids from 1989-2000 and thirteen overall. In both 1997 and 1998, Williams appeared in the NCAA Division III ‘Final Four” finishing #3 nationally both years. In addition, his teams won New England Championships in 1987 and 1999. His 1997 team won a college record 17 straight games, and his teams won a New England record of 51 consecutive home games from 1995-1998.
Prior to his arrival at Williams, the school had won twenty or more games only once in it’s history. Sheehy’s teams won twenty or more games nine times including his final eight seasons. He had a knack for developing players to their fullest potential; as evidenced by 15 player selections to the All New England team, 8 All-Americans and one National Player of the Year.
He was selected Northeast Coach of the Year (1997, 1998), Eastern Basketball Magazine Coach of the Year (1998) and Conference Coach of the Year (2000) during his career. In 2002 he was elected to the inaugural class of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, along with such notables as Bob Cousy (Boston Celtics), Patrick Ewing (New York Nicks), Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers), Jim Calhoun and Gino Auremma (UConn).
Sheehy, a 1975 graduate of Williams, returned to coach at his
alma matter after an eight year playing career with
Athletes-in-Action. He finished his AIA career as the
team’s leading career scorer and is fifth all-time in
assists. He represented the United States in the 1978 Pan
American Confederation Games, helping the U.S. win the Gold Medal
in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At Williams he was a two time
All-American and Captain in 1975.
A noted motivational and inspirational speaker, Sheehy travels the country speaking to alumni, church and business groups. His book “Raising a Team Player," published in 2002, has won critical acclaim.
He is married to the former Constance Durrell and resides in Williamstown, MA.