The 2017-18 season marks Bryan Harvey's 13th as Ferrum's head women's basketball coach. Harvey has compiled a 234-99 career coaching mark in his first 12 seasons at Ferrum. The Panthers made back-to-back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Div. III Tournament in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Harvey's 2012-13 team shared the USA South regular season title after posting a 16-2 record in league play, and his 2013-14 team won the title again with a 17-2 league mark. Harvey's 2012-13 team posted a new school record for season wins when it closed the season at 24-5, then his 2013-14 team bettered the record with a 27-3 mark.
His 2013 team reached as high as #16 in the nation, Ferrum’s first NCAA Division III national ranking. Tesla Akers became Harvey's first All-American in 2013, then Jacole Hairston followed suit with All-America honors in 2015. Akers and Hairston earned USA South Player of the Year honors in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Harvey earned back-to-back-to-back USA South Coach of the Year honors in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
At the time, his 2011-12 squad wrapped up the best season in program history with 23 wins (most wins in a single season) and 6 losses (fewest losses in a single season). The Black and Gold made their first trip in 17 years to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament after wrecking havoc in the USA South, going 15-3 in league action to share the regular season title. However, the Panthers would not be sharing the tournament title as Ferrum went on to defeat Christopher Newport University, 82-56, and claim its second tournament crown.
The Panthers had two USA South first team selections and three all-tournament performers, led by USA South Women's Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player Tesla Akers. Harvey coached one of the most decorated players to put on the Black and Gold in Kristen Keith. Keith finished her career third on the all-time career scoring list with 1,491 points and collected 18 honors from the USA South, D3hoops and VaSID. With the amazing season Ferrum had, Harvey earned his second USA South Coach of the Year accolade.
Harvey registered his 100th collegiate coaching win on January 8, 2011, in a 71-64 come-from-behind victory against Methodist University. Harvey's 2010-11 squad featured four all-conference performers that went 18-9 overall and 13-5 in league play. His 200th was a 49-34 win February 22, 2015 over North Carolina Wesleyan College.
The 2009-10 edition of the Panthers finished the season 21-7 overall and 13-5 in the USA South. For the second straight season, Harvey coached five all-conference players, including two first-team selections.
In 2008-09, Ferrum went 18-9 overall and 13-5 in conference action. For the first time in program history, the Panthers were represented by five all-conference selections (a honor that was matched the following season).
Harvey's 2006-07 team won the USA South regular season title, going 21-7 overall. Harvey was named USA South Women's Basketball Coach of the Year in 2007, and he had a player win USA South Rookie of the Year honors.
In all, Harvey has helped develop 25 all-conference selections, 10 all-tournament players, one tournament MVP, 22 academic all-conference selections, two all-region selections, seven all-state players, one conference Rookie of the Year, and six players who eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau.
Harvey joined the Ferrum College coaching staff as Head Women's Basketball Coach in the summer of 2005.
Prior to his arrival at Ferrum, Harvey served as Head Girls Basketball Coach at Glenvar High School in Roanoke, leading the Lady Highlanders to state titles in 1997 and 2002. In eight seasons at the helm of the program, Harvey registered a 133-73 (.646) career coaching record. His state title teams in the fall of 1997 and 2001 were 23-4 and 27-2, respectively.
Harvey’s coaching laurels include being named Three Rivers District Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002, Region C Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002, VHSCA Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2002, and Kiwanis Club of Roanoke Valley and Botetourt County in 2002 and 2003. The Roanoke Times also named Harvey Timesland Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2002 and the Virginia Associated Press named him Virginia Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 1997. Harvey also served as an assistant at Hollins University during the 2000-01 season, and was an assistant with Glenvar’s boys program from 1990-2001.
Harvey received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Roanoke College in 1994. He and his wife Karen reside in Ferrum with their daughters Micaela and Tyler, and son Tucker.