|Title:||Assistant Coach - Running Backs|
|Previous College:||Illinois 2008|
|Recruits:||Recruiting Areas: Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota|
Chris Batti is in his fifth season on the Harvard football staff as the running backs coaching assistant in 2016.
Batti handles Harvard’s recruiting efforts in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Harvard finished the season with a 9-1 record and its 17th Ivy League championship in 2015. Batti helped lead senior Paul Stanton, Jr. to a unanimous All-Ivy first team selection. Stanton finished second in the Harvard record books with 38 career touchdowns and 36 career rushing scores. He ranked fourth with 2,906 career yards and third with 228 career points. During his senior campaign, Stanton led the Ancient Eight in rushing with 809 yards.
With a deep running corps for the 2014 season, Batti helped the Crimson to a perfect 10-0 season and its 16th Ivy League championship. Led by Paul Stanton, Jr., who totaled 990 yards rushing, the Crimson running backs ranked 14th in the NCAA with 230.5 yards per game. Stanton, a first team All-Ivy League and All-New England selection, ranked second in the Ancient Eight and moved to fourth in school history with 27 career touchdowns following his junior season.
Batti's running backs contributed to Harvard's 15th Ivy League title in 2013 by notching 173.6 rushing yards per game in the Ancient Eight and notched 100-plus rushing yards in all but one game, while breaking over 200 yards on three occasions. Paul Stanton Jr., who tied the Harvard record for touchdowns in 'The Game' with four scores (two rushing, two receiving), earned a spot on the All-Ivy League team.
In Batti’s first season in Cambridge, Harvard averaged 217.3 rushing yards per Ivy game, the best mark in the league by a 42-yard margin. The Crimson ranked 17th nationally in overall rushing at 214.3 yards per game. Treavor Scales ’13 earned first-team All-Ivy League honors while ranking 43rd nationally with 81.6 rushing yards per game.
Batti came 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 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 by connecting on 73.5 percent of his throws and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in the process.
A Glenview, Illinois 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.