Amaker hopes to be at Harvard for long time

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- People notice success, especially when it occurs in places that don’t traditionally experience it.

So when Tommy Amaker led Harvard to the first outright Ivy League championship in the school’s more than 100-year basketball history, landing the Crimson in the NCAA tournament for just the second time and the first time since 1946, people paid attention.

The coach’s name has been bandied about by some in relation to coaching vacancies at other schools, and the coaching carousel hasn’t even hit the high RPMs yet.

But asked about his future on Monday during a season wrap-up media session in the lounge at Lavietes Pavilion, Amaker was unequivocal.

“As I’ve said before: We’re very happy here,” Amaker said. “I’m hopeful that we’ll be at Harvard for many, many years to come.”

Having just completed his fifth year in Cambridge, Amaker already has accomplished what many coaches before him had tried and failed to do: He’s built a winner in men’s hoops at Harvard.

For three seasons running, the Crimson have set a school record for wins. They finished 2011-12 with a 26-5 record and went 12-2 in the Ivy League for the second straight season.

They can call themselves back-to-back Ivy champs, after capturing a share of the title last season, as well.

Amaker admitted he can’t control the rumors. All he can say is that he’s happy where he is, ensconced at a school he likes to call the No. 1 school in the world.

“I’m not pursuing anything,” he said. “We’re getting ready for our next year, we’re getting ready for recruiting.

“As I’ve said before, my heart’s at Harvard and I hope to be here for a long time.”