Carolyn Harkness began her first season as a graduate assistant coach for the LaGrange College women’s soccer team in 2019.
In her current role, Harkness is responsible for coaching players in practices and games, while also providing training techniques in the weight room. The well-recognized athlete earned a Bachelor of Science in exercise science in May 2019 and is scheduled to earn a master’s degree in strength and conditioning in May 2021.
Harkness was a two-sport athlete during her decorated athletic career as a Panther. She suited up for the soccer team from 2015-18 and the softball squad from 2015-19.
As a forward on the soccer team, she started all 15 games during her senior year, finishing with a pair of assists. Harkness buried her first collegiate goal during her junior campaign on Oct. 18, 2017.
On the softball field, Harkness put up some big-time numbers during the 2016 and 2018 seasons, as she was named the Offensive MVP for the team during both campaigns.
As a sophomore, she finished with 33 hits, 16 runs, a triple and seven stolen bases, while maintaining a .379 batting average, a .426 on-base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage. During her junior campaign, she batted .365 and maintained a .382 on-base percentage and a.405 slugging percentage, to go along with 27 hits, 23 runs and a home run.
During Harkness’s rookie season in 2015, the softball team won the USA South Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament.
During her time at LaGrange College, Harkness was a constant presence on the All-USA South Conference Academic List from 2015-19, while also being the recipient of the Hope Scholarship. Additionally, the well-rounded student was named to the Provost’s List in the spring of 2016 and 2019, while also being selected to the VPAA’s List in the fall of 2018.
Harkness has also picked up experience as a tutor at LaGrange College from November 2017 – May 2019, focusing on mentoring college and high school students in mathematics and statistics. She performed a pair of physical therapy internships at East Alabama Medical Center (August 2018 – December 2018) and Southern Rehab and Sports Medicine (January 2018 – May 2018).
Finally, the Jackson, Ga. native served in a student assistant role for the LaGrange College athletic training staff during the 2017-18 academic year. She also spent time as an assistant softball coach at her alma mater Jackson High School in Jackson, Ga.