Lance Harvell publicly bid goodbye to Sam Houston State and hello to Nebraska as an assistant baseball coach Tuesday morning.
Harvell, who had already been known to be part of Will Bolt’s new staff, announced his news on Twitter. He was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at SHSU the past five seasons.
“End of an amazing chapter in our lives but onto the next,” Harvell tweeted in part. “We could not be more excited to be a part of Husker nation and Nebraska baseball! I look forward to getting to Lincoln and getting to work!”
Harvell, whom Sam Houston State coach Matt Deggs often called his “right-hand man,” followed Deggs from Louisiana after serving as a volunteer assistant in 2013 and 2014, when the Ragin’ Cajuns posted top-10 scoring offenses both years.
D1Baseball.com named Harvell the top recruiting coordinator in the Southland Conference in 2016. Sam Houston State qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2016 and 2017, with the latter squad reaching a super regional.
His team this year finished 31-25 and ranked 34th nationally in slugging percentage (.453).
Harvell was the recruiting coordinator and an assistant for Bolt at Texarkana College from 2010-12. He was a walk-on catcher at Texas A&M in 2005 and 2006 and later was a grad assistant with the Aggies under Rob Childress in 2008 and 2009. He has a wife, Courtney, and two young children, Bodie and Ellie.
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Will Bolt high-fives teammates following his game-winning run to win an NCAA regional game against Butler on May 26, 2000.
Will Bolt applies the tag to a Minnesota player on May 28, 2000.
Will Bolt makes a relay to first against Stanford in an NCAA super regional game on June 3, 2000.
Will Bolt tags out a Texas player on April 8, 2001.
Will Bolt celebrates Nebraska's Big 12 tournament championship on May 20, 2001.
Will Bolt at practice on May 23, 2001.
Will Bolt dives safely across home plate against Northern Iowa in an NCAA regional game on May 25, 2001.
Will Bolt and the other members of Dave Van Horn's first recruiting class pose for a portrait during the 2001 season.
Will Bolt slides into third base against Rice in an NCAA super regional game on June 1, 2001.
Will Bolt celebrates a victory over Rice in an NCAA super regional on June 2, 2001.
Will Bolt is interviewed after practice on June 4, 2001.
Will Bolt tags out a Tulane player on June 10, 2001 at the College World Series.
Will Bolt tags out a Tulane player during the College World Series on June 10, 2001.
Will Bolt throws to first against Texas Tech on March 22, 2002.
Will Bolt waits on base after hitting a two-run RBI double against Creighton on May 15, 2002.
Will Bolt celebrates a victory over Southern Missouri State in an NCAA regional game on June 2, 2002.
Will Bolt at a team meeting before the start of the NCAA super regionals on June 6, 2002.
Will Bolt tags out a Richmond base runner in an NCAA super regional game on June 7, 2002.
Will Bolt coaches third base during the Big Ten tournament on May 22, 2014.
Will Bolt as a Texas A&M assistant coach on April 10, 2015.
Will Bolt coaches third base for Texas A&M against Davidson in an NCAA super regional game on June 9, 2017.
Will Bolt talks to Texas A&M players on June 10, 2017.