Forty-two Years of Excellence
Forty-two Years of Excellence
Natalie A. Trout

The morning of his induction ceremony into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame, Canterbury Athletic Director Ken Harkenrider could be found in Canterbury's Steffy Gym working with soccer players. That's no surprise to anyone who knows Harkenrider, who has 42 years of soccer experience under his belt.

"He's been involved as an administrator, a coach of coaches, and a player," said Canterbury soccer coach Greg Mauch. "His career over the past 40 years has been contribution after contribution to make students' lives better through soccer and athletics."

Harkenrider has an impressive soccer past, having played at Bishop Luers and Notre Dame. He coached at Bishop Luers before he came to Canterbury, and for more than 30 years he's been a part of Indiana Soccer Camp at Indiana University.

But Harkenrider isn't one to gloat. It's not the accomplishments of his soccer career that he remembers most.

"The most enjoyable part of this entire process the past couple of weeks has been not only having the chance to reflect and think about what all I've been engaged in, but the people that I've done these things with," he said. "Certainly Coach Mauch, as my own high school coach, set the tone for a lot of this. Not many people get an opportunity to work as closely as we have over a 40-year period. It's been really special."

On February 22, Harkenrider was officially inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame. And on February 25, he was where he felt most comfortable, surrounded by students, colleagues, coaches, and former players. He took the opportunity to address the students with an important message.

"Hold your heads high, keep your expectations as high to the sky as you can," he said. "Then just keep chugging along and re-evolving into what you can do at your very best, every day."

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Congratulations Coach Harkenrider! Canterbury is lucky to have you impacting the lives of our students!