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Jim Harryman

Jim Harryman

Bellevue College
Class of 1992

1992 NWAC Hall of Fame Inductee and Bellevue College's first baseball coach and athletic director, Jim Harryman passed away December 2019 at the age of 86. The legacy that Harryman started on the baseball diamond is still alive today, as the baseball program is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this spring that Harryman started from scratch in 1970.

Right out of the gate, Harryman fielded a squad that not only went 15-2 in league play en route to a North Region title, but also finished third at the state tournament and produced Bellevue's first professional baseball player in Gene Moser who was drafted by the New York Yankees. Moser would be the first of many Harryman-led players who turned pro as a total of 19 in his five years as Head Coach signed professionally with Major League Baseball teams. All of these inaugural campaign accomplishments were done without a field, as the squad traveled daily for practices and games at Hidden Valley Sports Park in downtown Bellevue.

Harryman's Helmsmen baseball squads would go on to capture three more division titles in 1971, 1973, and 1974. In his five years, Harryman not only built a program from scratch, but also brought home four division titles, an NWAC title (1973), and an overall record of 82-13 in division play and 125-52 overall. His 71% win percentage remains the highest amongst all of the baseball coaches in Bellevue's 50-year history.

Harryman was also Bellevue's men's athletic commissioner for 18 years until 1987. He also had a long tenure as Bellevue's Special Assistant to the President, heading up the college's foundation department. Harryman will also be remembered by his Northwest All-Sports Clinics that are still alive today. The coaching clinics were a first of it's kind in the mid 1970's when he brought them to the Pacific Northwest and had several prominent speakers such as Bobby Knight, Dean Smith, Billy Martin, and Rod Carew among others.

Updated: December 16, 2019

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