The End of an Era. Continuation of a Dynasty

Pete Fredenburg retires as UMHB's head coach, Larry Harmon promoted to head coach

On Friday afternoon, Pete Fredenburg, UMHB's head coach for the last 24 years announced his retirement from coaching

Harmon was UMHB's defensive coordinator for the last 17 seasons

Larry Harmon

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“There is not a better man prepared to become the second head football coach for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor than Larry Harmon."

-UMHB VP for Athletics Dr. Mickey Kerr

A D-III football legend

Pete Fredenburg


2021 Coach of the Year


24 seasons at the helm of UMHB football


Amongst top 5 active D-III head coaches in career wins

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19 American Southwest Conference Titles

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126 All-Americans

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3 Stagg Bowl Titles 

“What Pete Fredenburg has accomplished in 24 years at UMHB is unimaginable,”

Under Fredenburg's guidance...

-UMHB President Randy O'Rear

Consistent success


Under Fredenburg, UMHB posted 15 straight 10-win seasons,, including a 15-0 mark in 2021 (Excludes 2020-21 season, which was abbreviated due to Covid)

Beginning of the program

Under Fredenburg's leadership, the UMHB football program kicked off its inaugural season in 1998. Four years, later, the Cru won its first ASC title

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“Pete Fredenburg forged a championship culture..."

— VP for Athletics Mickey Kerr

“To start a program from scratch and build it into a perennial national powerhouse is a credit to his vision, passion, and exceptional leadership."

-UMHB President Dr. Randy O'Rear

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Larry Harmon


20 years on UMHB staff, 17 as Defensive Coordinator


4-year letterman as safety as South Dakota State


2017 Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Football Scoop

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The Future

Harmon prepares for first season as head coach

Crusaders are expected to return nine starters on offense, and six on defense. Harmon will also be tasked with hiring new coordinators

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UMHB is home to me, and I am ready to get to work at defending our national title.”

-Larry Harmon

Under Larry Harmon

The Defense

In 2021, UMHB held 9 opponents to seven points or less, and were third in scoring defense, allowing just 10 points per game..

Stephen Lee to ACU

Harmon said his first priority is hiring an offensive coordinator. Stephen Lee is taking the OC job at D-I Abilene Christian. 


Cru wins Stagg Bowl

Harmon's defense held No. 1 North Central to just two offensive touchdowns, as Fredenburg's team won 3rd national title

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Fredenburg's impact will forever be remembered

“It’s been an awesome journey, and I am forever grateful to UMHB for the opportunity to lead such an amazing program.”

-Pete Fredenburg

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