CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Chris Batti has joined the Harvard University football coaching staff as a running backs coaching assistant in an announcement by Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football.
Batti comes to Harvard after spending four seasons at Northwestern including the last two as a graduate assistant and wide receivers coach while earning a master's degree in sports administration. He initially came to Northwestern in 2008 as a quality control intern while assisting with the offensive line.
In 2011, Northwestern ranked second in the Big Ten in total offense and led the 12-team league in passing offense at 254.2 yards per game. The Wildcats completed a conference-best 71.0 percent of their passes, leading the league with 289 completions. Wide receiver Jeremy Ebert became the first Wildcat since 1998 to top 1,000 yards receiving (1,060) and hauled in 11 touchdowns on 75 receptions while earning second-team All-Big Ten accolades from the media and honorable mention status from the coaches.
In 2010, Northwestern ranked third in the Big Ten in passing offense with 242.6 yards per game in the regular season. Quarterback Dan Persa broke the Big Ten record for completion percentage after connecting on 73.5 percent of his throws, earning All-Big Ten first team (coaches) and second-team (media) honors in the process.
A Glenview, Ill., native, Batti earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2008. Batti played quarterback at Harper College in Palatine, Ill., in 2004-05, and was a member of Harper's 2004 NJCAA national championship club. He earned conference scholar-athlete honors while at Harper and then transferred to Illinois. There, he worked with the Fighting Illini football program in 2007-08 as a student manager.