Daily Archives: March 31, 2012

Legends Of Lacrosse: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Celebrates Former Head Coach Ned Harkness (1919-2008) Who Coached The “Big Red” From 1966-1968 And A 35-1 Overall Record (Video)


In 1965, tragedy struck the Cornell athletic family when two Big Red assistant lacrosse coaches were killed when their plane crashed on their way home from a recruiting trip. Harkness was called upon to assist head lacrosse coach Bob Cullen, and the next year, after Cullen stepped down, Harkness was made the new head coach of Big Red lacrosse at the request of his players. Over his three years directing the lacrosse team, he posted a 35-1 record and won a pair of Ivy League titles that were sandwiched around a runner-up finish.