Shea Harwell
Shea Harwell
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (562) 907-4200 ext. 4607
Team: Men's Soccer

Hometown: Gig Harbor, Wash.

Years at Whittier: 8th 

Coaching Accomplishments

It was a strong year for the Men's Soccer team going 6-10, 5-9 SCIAC.  Parker McDonald led the team being named 2nd Team All-SCIAC.  Despite finishing in a tie for 6th in the final SCIAC Standings they were only one win away from finishing 5th.  On the year they picked up a shutout win over Bethesda University (1-0), swept Pomona-Pitzer then beat Caltech, La Verne, and Chapman.   

Whittier improved within conference play this season picking up five wins but still came in 7th place in the final SCIAC Standings. Wins included Claremont-M-S (2x), Caltech, Pomona-Pitzer, and Cal Lutheran.  The Poets completed the programs first ever sweep over the Stags and saw Connor Tait-Mole and Luis Espitia become 2nd Team All-SCIAC performers.  

It was the third straight year the Poets have missed the SCIAC Post Season Tournament as they finished 8th overall in the SCIAC Standings with a 4-13-1, 3-12-1 SCIAC record.  James Suri highlighted the accolades on the season earning 2nd Team All-SCIAC recognition.  Early in the season the Poets earned a big win against George Fox University before picking up SCIAC wins over Chapman and Caltech. 

The Poets men's soccer program missed the SCIAC Post Season tournament for the second straight year after finishing 7th in the SCIAC Standings with a 5-11-2, 4-10-2 SCIAC record.  Two big wins came early in the season as they took out NAIA Powerhouse Biola 2-1 before blanking Pomona-Pitzer two weeks later 2-0.  Opening up October they then went up to Cal Lutheran and edged the Kingsmen 3-2 in double overtime before returning home on October 14 to beat Caltech 5-2 for their last win of the season.   

In his fourth year leading the Poets men's soccer team, Shea Harwell saw the three year streak of making the SCIAC Post Season Tournament broken as the program finished 7-9-2, 5-9-2 SCIAC finishing 7th overall in the SCIAC Standings.  He opened the season with three wins over San Diego Christian and Occidental and then faced two double overtime contests with Chapman and Cal Lutheran before improving to 4-1-1 with a convincing win over Caltech.  The highlight of the season came against the University of Redlands on October 1 where the Purple & Gold held on for the 1-0 victory, marking the first time in five years Whittier defended their home field against the Bulldogs.  

At the conclusion of the season Brian Russell and Dylan Fortin found themselves landing on the 2nd Team All-SCIAC.       

For the third straight year under the tutelage of Shea Harwell the men's soccer program has earned a spot in the SCIAC Post Season Tournament and came in as the No. 2 overall seed, which is the second time in the program's history.  Despite being upset by Cal Lutheran 1-0 in the semi-finals the Poets saw five players land on the All-SCIAC team led by Francis Maxwell and Willie O' Malley who earned 1st Team Recognition. while Devin Guthrie, Dylan Fortin, and Ian Cromwell landed on the 2nd. 

In his second season at the helm of the Poet socer program the Purple & Gold made their first trip to the SCIAC Post Season Tournament Championship Game after knocking off the No. 1 seeded Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer int he smei-finals.  This victory also was also the first time the Poet soccer program knocked off a Top 25 program.  Wrapping up the season, Harwell saw four players earn All-SCIAC recognition including Adolfo Santos (1st), Srdan Jovanovic (1st), Brian Russell (2nd), and Francis Maxwell (2nd), while Jovanovic was named an NSCA All-West Regional Player after leading the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in goals with 15.   

Named head coach at Whittier College in January.  Team made it to the SCIAC post season tournament for the third straight year and finished 9-9, 9-5 SCIAC, 3rd in the SCIAC standings.  To cap off the year Adolfo Santos earned 1st Team All-SCIAC honors for the second straight year, while Sam Russell and Francis Maxwell made 2nd Team.    


Assisant coach at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Wash., where the team finished second in the NWAACC with a record of 10-5-1.

Assisant coach and goalie trainer at Port Angeles High School.

Other Accomplishments

Played two seasons at Whittier and helped the team advance to back-to-back SCIAC tournament appearances.

Was a member of the Peninsula College soccer team for two years where he served as a team captain.

Coaching Credentials and Licenses

Coach Harwell holds his National, Advanced National, Premier Diploma and Goalkeeping Level I Diploma From the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America).


Year Coaching Duties Record SCIAC Finish
2018 Head Coach 6-10, 5-9 SCIAC T - 6th
2017 Head Coach 5-10, 5-9 SCIAC 7th
2016 Head Coach 4-13-1, 3-12-1 SCIAC 8th
2015 Head Coach 5-11-2, 4-10-2 SCIAC 7th
2014 Head Coach 7-9-2, 5-9-2 SCIAC    7th  
2013 Head Coach 11-8-1, 10-5-1 SCIAC   T- 3rd *
2012 Head Coach 10-12, 9-7 SCIAC    2nd *
2011 Head Coach 9-9, 9-5 SCIAC    3rd *

* Made SCIAC Post Season Tournament