Harada was named the Cal State Fullerton head women’s basketball coach on April 17, 2017 by Athletics Director Jim Donovan. He is the Titans' 11th head coach in the program's 50-year history.
He followed up his successful first season with one of the best seasons the program has seen in the last decade making the Big West Tournament for the first time since 2014-15. Overall, they finished with a 14-16 record which is the best mark since the 2009-10 season. In conference, Fullerton finished in sixth place with a 6-10 record marking the most Big West wins for the program in five years.
The team finished their non-conference schedule with an 8-5 record, the best non-conference mark in almost 30 years. Part of that success was a five-game winning streak at the end of November and into December which is the longest winning streak since 2008. The Titans also came out with a season sweep of UC Santa Barbara in conference play for the first time since 1991.
Harada saw three of his athletes garner All-Conference awards which is the first time multiple Titans earned Big West honors since the 2014-15 season. Among them was a Sixth Player of the Year Award for freshman Amiee Book. Book also earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team while Daeja Smith took home a First Team selection and Raina Perez earned an Honorable Mention.
Head Coach Jeff Harada enjoyed a successful first year at Cal State Fullerton leading the Titans to an 8-21 record. While the team missed out on the Big West Tournament for the third straight season, the eight total wins is more than the previous two seasons combined.
He also led the Titans to a 3-13 conference record, again more wins than the previous two years combined.
In his first season as a Division I head coach, Harada's Titans shot 38% from the field which is the highest mark for the program since the 2010-11 season when they shot 42.4%. The 59.9 points per game is the highest mark since the 2013-14 season while the 12.3 assists is the best mark since the 2010-11 season.
He joins the Titan family after spending the last three seasons (2015-17) as head coach at Division II Central Washington University in Ellensburg. His accomplishments include a total of seven postseason appearances in 17 years of coaching including three trips to the NCAA Division I and II Women’s Basketball Tournaments (2013, 2012, 2010) one trip to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (2014), two appearances in the Men’s National Invitation Tournament (1999, 2000) and one trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament (1997).
In addition, Harada won five regular season or conference tournament championships and was named the 2010 Women’s Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year.
In three seasons (2015-17) at Central Washington, Harada compiled a 44-42 record, making three consecutive trips to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament.
In his first year at Central, Harada nearly doubled the Wildcats' overall win total and nearly tripled their conference win total from the previous season. In his second year, the Wildcats saw the highest overall win total since 2006 (17) and highest conference win total since 2004 (10). Harada coached two GNAC Freshmen of the Year (2015, 2016) and seven all-GNAC selections in his three years at CWU.
Prior to making the move to Central Washington, Harada served as an assistant coach at Navy for three seasons (2012-14). Navy went to the postseason during each of Harada's seasons serving on the bench. The team went 24-8 in 2014, and earned a bid into the Women's National Invitational Tournament. That followed back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. Navy won back-to-back regular season Patriot League championships in 2013 and 2014, and won back-to-back Patriot League Tournament titles in 2012 and 2013.
Previously, Harada was the head women's coach at Hawai'i Pacific University, where he took over a team that had won only two games during the season before his arrival. During his tenure at HPU (2008-11), Harada coached one all-region and eight all-conference (Pacific West) players in four years, including two freshman of the year and one newcomer of the year.
Under Harada’s leadership, the Sea Warriors won 58 games, including taking 36 of the 50 games played over his final two seasons there. In 2010, Harada's team won its first Pacific West Conference title, advancing to its first NCAA Division II Tournament. Harada was tabbed as the conference coach of the year that season.
Harada began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Colorado (1997-01), as a volunteer assistant. He later became the team's director of operations. In addition, he was an assistant coach for the HPU men's program (2004-06) before taking over the women's team for the 2007-08 season.
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
2010 Women’s NCAA Division II West Region Tournament
2012 Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament
2013 Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament
2014 WNIT Tournament
2010 Women’s Pacific West Conference Champion
2012 Women’s Patriot League Tournament Champions
2013 Women’s Patriot League Regular Season Co-Champions
2013 Women’s Patriot League Tournament Champions
2014 Women’s Patriot League Regular Season Champions
2010 Women’s Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year
Introductory Press Conference (April 17, 2017)
Introductory Press Conference (April 17, 2017)
JEFF HARADA YEAR BY-YEAR COACHING CAREER
|2004-05||Hawaii Pacific||Men's Asst. Coach||10-16||.385||4-11||5th|
|2005-06||Hawaii Pacific||Men's Asst. Coach||8-19||.296||3-9||5th|
|2007-08||Hawaii Pacific||Women's HC||8-19||.296||8-10||4th|
|2008-09||Hawaii Pacific||Women's HC||14-15||.483||8-5||5th|
|2009-10||Hawaii Pacific||Women's HC||18-7||.720||11-2||1st||NCAA DII 1st Rd.|
|2010-11||Hawaii Pacific||Women's HC||18-7||.720||12-4||3rd|
|2011-12||Navy||Women's AC||18-14||.563||8-6||T-3rd||NCAA 1st Rd.|
|2012-13||Navy||Women's AC||21-12||.636||11-3||T 1st||NCAA 1st Rd.|
|2013-14||Navy||Women's AC||24-8||.750||15-3||1st||2014 WNIT 1st Rd.|
|2014-15||Central Wash.||Women's HC||12-15||.444||7-11||6th|
|2015-16||Central Wash.||Women's HC||17-12||.586||10-11||5th|
|2016-17||Central Wash.||Women's HC||15-15||.500||10-11||6th|
|2017-18||Cal St. Fullerton||Women's HC||8-21||.276||3-13||9th|
|2018-19||Cal St. Fullerton||Women's HC||14-16||.467||6-10||6th||Big West Tourney|