FSU's Harkins Named the MCLA Coach of the Year

Bill Harkins, head coach of Florida State Men's Lacrosse team has been named the 2009 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Coach of the Year. Harkins led the Seminoles to a 17-3 record, a Southeastern Lacrosse Conference Championship, and the Quarterfinal Round of the National Championship.

In selecting Harkins for Coach of the Year honors, the MCLA praised Harkins for his ability to guide the Seminoles to the 2009 SELC Championship despite injuries to numerous key players.

"What a great honor it is to receive such an award when there are so many great coaches in our league," said Harkins, "It is truly a team effort. I have such an unbelievable, dedicated coaching staff that this is truly a coaching team award. Our assistants are led by Matt Waesche and include Ryan Healey and Dorsey Hairston."

"I like the pressure this puts on me to improve and get better as a coach, which motivates me even more," said Harkins, who then joked, "Isn't it great that when my players play well, I get the credit?"

One of those players, four-time All American Corey noonan, was quick to offer praise for Harkins. "Coach Harkins has carried me a long way in the last four years," said noonan, "He's a coach who has a love for the game and for his players, and he's taken Florida State lacrosse so far during his time here. I'm glad that he's up where he belongs-with the coaching elite."

Harkins was named head coach of Florida State in the summer of 2003. Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee, the Seminoles had never won an SELC Championship or advanced to the National Championship tournament. In his six years at the helm, the Seminoles have won two SELC Championships, and advanced to the National Championship tournament five times, including a run to the Final Four in 2005.

His 94-28 record at Florida State makes him the all-time leader in wins for Seminole lacrosse. He was named the SELC Coach of the Year in 2004, and is also an assistant coach with the German National Lacrosse team. Harkins is a resident of Palm Coast, Florida.

2009-05-20



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