A Derry, Northern Ireland native, joins the Lions after enjoying much success as the assistant coach at Tufts University, helping the Jumbos to their first ever DIII National Championship in 2014, a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2015 and a second National Championship in 2016. Harkin was also honored as the National Coaching staff of the year in 2014 & 2016 by the NSCAA
Harkins journey to the USA began in 1999 when he accepted an offer to play at Fairfield University (CT) having previously been playing with Liverpool FC youth & reserves while representing Northern Ireland at various age groups. As a stand-out performer, Harkin helped the Fairfield Stags to a conference championship and a regular spot in the national top 25 while earning All-Conference honors in 2001 and 2002 and All-Region laurels in 2002 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
He then went on to play for the Cape Cod Crusaders in the USL’s Premier Development League, helping the side win the 2002 national title. Harkin next ventured from New England to the Mid-Atlantic area to become the graduate assistant for the women’s soccer coach at Mount St. Mary’s University while earning his MBA in Marketing.
As a player, Harkin continued his professional career as a member of the Crystal Palace Baltimore FC. He was a mainstay in the midfield for the Eagles, making 48 appearances in USL Second Division and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches since 2007. Most recently, Harkin has played for the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL.
While in Baltimore, Harkin joined Loyola University as a volunteer assistant coach in 2009 helping the Greyhounds win the conference title and earn a bid to the NCAA College Cup. He then rejoined the program for the 2011 season and helped Loyola capture the league title in 2012. While in Maryland, he guided the U-16 Olympic Development Program to the national championship game in 2014.
Upon moving to Massachusetts, he continued coaching within the ODP program and helped guide the U-17 State team to the Region 1 final in 2015. Harkin has also been on the Region 1 ODP staff since 2012 and recently took over as the Head Coach for the Region 1 U-17 squad. He also works for US Soccer as a scout in the Northeast for the youth national teams.