ATLANTA -- After nearly 20 years, Ken Harring no longer has to imagine the ideal prospective UMass Lowell baseball player or person when on the road. He experienced it firsthand this spring.
Now he’s set out to add the final pieces and make his dream for the program a reality.
The 2022 season saw Harring’s vision for the UMass Lowell program come to life. Since turning Division 1 in 2014, the River Hawks set program records for home runs (50) and finished fourth in the country in stolen bases (134). His philosophy of a gap-to-gap approach at the plate as opposed to incessant high fly balls led to a decrease in strikeouts.
On the mound, the Riverhawks led the America East in strikeouts per nine while holding the fewest walks. Most importantly, however, he transitioned from a coach previously deemed as gruff or abrasive to more hands-off allowing players to not feel the pressure of making a physical mistake and instead instilled consistent faith in his roster.