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Nevin D. Harkness

Hall of Fame


Inducted 2001


RPI/Cornell University

Nevin D. "Ned" Harkness, one of lacrosse's most successful coaches, was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy services to the game of lacrosse over the years.

Harkness started the program at RPI and from 1945-56 led the school to a record of 136-21-1, including a USILA co-national championship in 1952. He was also the coach of the North All-Star team in the 1952 North-South All-Star game.

Harkness later coached at Cornell from 1966-68, compiling a record of 35-1 with Ivy League titles in 1966 and 1968.Also a successful collegiate hockey coach, Harkness coached at both RPI (187-90-7) and Cornell (163-27-2), leading Cornell to the 1967 NCAA championship, becoming one of the few coaches to win national championships in two sports.

In 1970, Harkness left Cornell to coach the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League.Ned's father, the late William J. Harkness, also is a member of the Hall of Fame. Ned Harkness died in 2008 in Rochester, N.Y. at the age of 89.