Lacrosse Hall of Fame Taps Harkness
Among the 10 new members inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in October was former Rensselaer lacrosse and hockey coach Ned Harkness. The Hall of Fame issued the following citation:
Nevin D. (Ned) Harkness, one of lacrosses most successful coaches, is being 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 is a 1939 graduate of Worcester Academy, who went on to coaching stints at RPI and Cornell. He started the program at RPI and from 1945 to 1958 led the school to a record of 112-26-2, including a USILA co-national championship in 1952. Harkness later coached at Cornell from 1966 to 1968, compiling a record of 35-1 with Ivy League titles in 1966 and 1968. Also a successful hockey coach, Harkness left Cornell in 1970 to coach the Detroit Red Wings. Harkness, whose father, William J. Harkness, is also a member of the Hall of Fame, resides in Palm Harbor, Fla.
A large group of Rensselaer alumni attended the induction ceremony, which was held at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md., on Oct. 19.
The Induction of Ned Harkness into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame was an extraordinary event, said Todd Walsh 58, who estimated that more than 50 former Rensselaer players, along with 30 from Cornell, attended the ceremony. The next day Walsh was master of ceremonies at an event at which Board of Trustees Chairman Sam Heffner 56 presented Harkness with a gift from Rensselaer, and alumni voiced testimonials to their former coach.
Dave Brunell 57 flew in from Africa to attend the events.
The Harkness Experience that we all share has reverberated and multiplied in our lives more powerfully than compound interestin playing and winning in the Game of Life, said Brunell, who divided his remarks into roast and toast comments.
Lacrosse with Ned Harkness was a giftand a metaphor for life, for learning, for living life to the fullest, he said. Any quest becomes possible, and possibilities became limitlessone loose ball, one face-off at a time. And today all of us carry this torch with us and pass it on to others every day.
The full text of Brunells remarks.