By Ray Hamill — A number of Eureka High girls basketball players have paid tribute to their head coach Michael Harvey this past week.
Harvey, who is coming off his second season in charge of the team, has quickly developed a close bond with the players, while continuing to build a competitive program.
This past winter the Loggers won the Dick Niclai championship in dramatic fashion, the program’s first tournament win in 16 years, but it’s not just the success the players will remember from the historic campaign.
“My favorite thing about Mike is how much he cares about all of us,” senior Kellina Pratton said. “He calls at least once a week just to check in. He would do anything for every single one of us.”
The tributes to the head coach come in response to a 12-part series of write-ups Harvey recently ran on social media, each one highlighting an individual player.
“I would have to say what I love about Mike is he cares for his players and puts them before himself,” junior Bella Vigil said. “I know in the moment I don’t like when he yells at me, but I know he only wants what’s best for me.”
Part of the team’s formula for success is to play in competitive tournaments early in the season, with a focus on not just playing basketball but also enjoying the trip, which also helps with team bonding.
“One thing that I appreciate about coach Harvey is that he works really hard to ensure that our team has the opportunity to travel to awesome tournaments outside our area,” sophomore McKenna Beach said.
Senior guard Sophia Chalmers, who was one of the big winners at the recent Logger ESPYs, also says she appreciated the road trips the team took together, and that’s something she will remember from her time playing for the Loggers.
“My favorite thing about mike is that on all of our trips he always made sure we are good and had fun things to do,” Chalmers said.
The Loggers finished last season with a record of 21-10, the team’s second straight 21-win season under Harvey.
But it’s not just the wins that have made Harvey a success with the team.
“He is a very goofy and caring guy which makes him a great coach,” said Vigil.