Colgate promotes Harder from volunteer assistant to assistant coach

Colgate has promoted Mike Harder from volunteer assistant to assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.

“Mike Harder is the obvious choice and the best person for this job,” Colgate head coach Don Vaughan said in a news release. “I know I speak on behalf of the coaches and our student-athletes when I say that I am very excited that Mike will be joining our staff on a full-time basis.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences as a professional hockey player and coach in both North America and Europe. We saw that in action last year in his role as our volunteer assistant, and his impact on the success of our team was very obvious. He has the respect of our team members, and his transition from volunteer to full-time assistant will be seamless.”

Harder, who was an All-American at Colgate, graduating in 1997, joins Vaughan and fellow assistant coach Jason Lefevre to make up the Raiders’ coaching staff.

“The team culture the staff has created makes this an incredible opportunity to walk into,” Harder added. “I’m looking forward to joining forces with Coach Vaughan and Coach Lefevre to help this team realize its full potential.

“I was fortunate to be part of Coach Vaughan’s first recruiting class and loved playing for him. It shaped how I see the game and I’m thrilled to be returning to Colgate in this new role.”