Dr. Kimberly Harrell
Dr. Kimberly Harrell is entering her third season as the Belhaven Women's Soccer Head Coach. She also assists the Athletics Department in the coordination of special projects. Kimberly came to Belhaven from Richland High School, where she served as Head Girls' Soccer Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics. A former student-athlete a second-leading goal scorer at Jones County Junior College, she is also a graduate of Mississippi State University (Secondary Education), Mississippi College (Masters of Education) and Arkansas State University (Specialist Certification). Harrell also received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Belhaven University in December 2019
The Blazers have seen a quick turnaround under Harrell in her first two seasons with the 2019 season having the most wins (10) since the 2008 season. The 2019 season was also a historic first for Belhaven Women's Soccer as they earned a berth in the ASC Women's Soccer Tournament in their first season of eligibility. The Blazers also had a program best, five players earn ASC All-Conference Honors after the 2019 season. In her two seasons, Harrell has had six ASC All-Conference honorees, 16 All-Academic Team honorees, one USC Scholar-Athlete, one ASC Distinguished Scholar Athlete Team honoree, and one NSCAA All-South Scholar Athlete team honoree.
A native of Florence, Mississippi, Harrell spent seven seasons as Head Coach at Richland High School, where her teams have compiled a record of 96-48-3. Prior to her arrival the program had never advanced beyond the first round of the state playoffs, and in each of the last four years the team has played for the North State Championship, winning twice to advance to the Mississippi State Championship, an accomplishment unique in the history all of the school's sports programs. The Rangers also won two District Championships during her tenure, which are the only two in program history.
In addition to her roles at Richland High School with Girls' Soccer and Athletics Department administration, Kimberly assisted with the Boys' Soccer program and the Softball programs. She also taught World History, Economics, Government and Social Studies, and was the Chair of the Junior High Social Studies Department.
Kimberly is married to Matt Harrell, and they are the proud parents of a daughter, Addison. They are active members of First Baptist Church, Richland, and she also participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletics and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.