Tommy Amaker will stay at Harvard, rejecting Boston College

Harvard coach Tommy Amaker smiles while speaking at a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Friday, March 21, 2014. Harvard plays Michigan State on Saturday in the third round. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this file photo, Harvard coach Tommy Amaker smiled while speaking at a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash.
Elaine Thompson / AP photo

Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker has announced that he will remain at the university after being courted by Boston College.

Amaker released a statement expressing that his was heart was still with the program.

“After thoughtful deliberation, I continue to realize my heart is at Harvard,” he said. “To teach, lead and serve at this amazing institution, and in this special community, is truly meaningful to me.”

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Amaker was one of the most prominent names mentioned to fill the men’s head basketball coaching gig at Boston College after the Eagles fired Steve Donahue. After seven seasons with Harvard, including three straight trips to the NCAA tournament, Amaker was seen as an attractive, local candidate to fill the job. But as time wore on in the search process, it became clear that Amaker was not ready leave Harvard.

Boston College has since steered its search to a second group of candidates, reportedly including Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt.

Amaker has been with Harvard since 2007, leading the Crimson to four Ivy League championships, the first of the school’s history, and their first NCAA tournament win since 1946. He led Harvard to a 27-5 record this past season, beating Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Michigan State.

“Tommy is a great leader, a great coach and a great educator,” said Bob Scalise, Harvard’s Nichols Family Director of Athletics, in a statement. “He is an inspiration to many in the Harvard community. We are excited he will continue to lead our men’s basketball program.”