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 player and graduate assistant coach at Northern Illinois University, returned to the Huskies as an assistant coach in 2014. Harmon, a native of Godfrey, Ill., coaches the NIU tight ends and fullbacks.
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 with a 52-14 win over Mount Union. 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. Georgia State began football in 2010 and by 2012 was in its first season of a two-year transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision.
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 former sixth-string signal-caller took over as the NIU starter in the fourth game of the season when 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 2003-04.
At the time of his hiring, Harmon said returning to NIU was a homecoming for him and his family. 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 two children, son Cooper (4) and daughter Morgan (2).