Joe Harty enters his first season as an assistant coach after three separate and highly successful stints as head coach of the Babson ski program.
A collegiate ski coach for more than two decades, Harty first served as the Beavers' head coach from 1988 to 1995, guiding the men to Thomson Division league championships in 1989 and 1990 and the women to Thomson titles in 1988 and 1991. In addition, he coached regional qualifiers for eight consecutive seasons between 1988 and 1995 while also leading the men's team to a national championship appearance in 1989 and the women to the national meet in 1991. He was named USCSA Eastern Division Coach of the Year in 1989.
After leaving to coach the men's and women's teams at Harvard for four years, Harty returned to Babson to coach both programs in 2001-02. Over the next seven years, he helped launch one of the men's team's most successful stretches ever, posting five regional qualifications and three USCSA National Championship appearances. He guided the Beavers to regional bids in 2003 and 2004, and then took them to nationals in 2005 and 2006. During the latter trip, Babson recorded its best finish ever by placing sixth overall in the combined standings. Harty once again led the Beavers to a magnificent campaign in 2008, as they placed 10th at the National Championships – their third national appearance in four years. Harty then returned to Babson in 2010-11, when he guided the Beavers to their fourth straight trip to nationals, where they placed 12th overall.