It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.
Craig Harmon, a former quarterback and graduate assistant coach at Northern Illinois University, returned to NIU as an assistant coach in 2014. After coaching the tight ends and fullbacks in each of his first two seasons, and adding special teams coordinator in 2015, Harmon will coach the Huskie quarterbacks in 2016. A native of Godfrey, Ill., Harmon was a former Huskie quarterback himself who has seen the NIU offense flourish over the last three years .
In 2014 and 2015, Harmon’s players helped the Huskie offense excel in both the rushing and passing games. In 2014, NIU finished with more than 6,000 yards of total offense and won 11 games and the Mid-American Conference Championship. In 2015, tight ends Desroy Maxwell and Shane Wimann were two of the most productive players at the position in recent history with seven touchdowns and 31 catches, as well as key roles in the NIU blocking schemes.
Harmon spent the 2013 season as tight ends coach at Division III power Wisconsin-Whitewater, which posted a 15-0 record and won the national title. Prior to 2013, he was the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach at Georgia State University in Atlanta from 2010-12, working for head coach Bill Curry to help start the GSU program.
Harmon was offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for four seasons (2006-09) at the University of St. Francis in Joliet. Under his direction, the offense broke 10 school records and improved statistically each year.
A former quarterback for the Huskies, Harmon returned to NIU as a graduate assistant coach on Joe Novak’s staff in 2004 and 2005, where he worked with the Huskie offense. NIU posted a 9-3 record and won the Silicon Valley Bowl in 2004 and played in the MAC Championship game to complete a 7-5 campaign in 2005.
Harmon’s affiliation with NIU dates back to his playing days as a quarterback for the Huskies from 1998-2000. As a freshman walk-on on the 1998 team, the one-time sixth-string signal-caller took over as the NIU starter in the fourth game of the season after attrition and injuries hit the position.
He finished the year as the Huskies’ top quarterback, completing 82-of-177 passes for 810 yards and two touchdowns. He redshirted the 1999 campaign, but returned to play as a back-up quarterback in 2000 before transferring to Quincy University, where he completed his playing career and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Harmon began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater in 2002-2003. He played his prep football at Alton High School in southern Illinois. His wife, the former Megan Anderson, played soccer for the Huskies. They have a son, Cooper, and two daughters, Morgan and Madison.
Tight Ends/Fullbacks/Special Teams Coordinator, 2015
Tight Ends/Fullbacks, 2014
Wisconsin-Whitewater (Tight Ends)
Georgia State (Tight Ends/OL Asst.)
St. Francis (Offensive Coordinator)
Northern Illinois (Graduate Assistant)
Quincy (Graduate Assistant)
Poinsettia Bowl (NIU)
Boca Raton Bowl (NIU)
Division III National Champions (UW-Whitewater)
Silicon Valley Bowl (NIU)
B.S., Quincy, 2002
M.S., Quincy, 2003
September 8, 1980
Wife, Megan, son, Cooper (5) and daughters Morgan (3) and Madison (infant)