Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Spotlight: Vincent Harkins '97

2018 Adrian Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Vincent Harkins '97 of Men's Soccer, from 1993 to 1996. (Images by AC Shipman Library Archives)
2018 Adrian Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Vincent Harkins '97 of Men's Soccer, from 1993 to 1996. (Images by AC Shipman Library Archives)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, will induct the 2018 class of the Adrian Bulldogs Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday as part of Homecoming activities. The ceremonial dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall, preceded by the Walk of Fame (5:15 p.m.) from the Caine Center and reception (5:30 p.m.).

This year's honorees include Walter Chany Jr '69 (Cross Country/Track & Field), Lauree Dermyer '05 (Volleyball), Lindsey Eshelman '09 (Volleyball/Tennis), Jill Green Pedersen '91 (Tennis/Field Hockey), Vincent Harkins '97 (Soccer) and Michael Lewis II '07 (Football).

Today's spotlight feature is on Vincent Harkins '97 who played on the Bulldogs' men's soccer team in the mid-1990s.

"I would like to thank Adrian College for giving me the opportunity to play soccer at the NCAA level," he stated. "I am truly humbled and honored to be nominated for this prestigious induction to the Bulldogs Athletics Hall of Fame."

Mainstay in the Frame

Vince Harkins was a four-year men’s soccer letterman for the Bulldogs from 1993 to 1996, starting in all but one contest on his way to becoming the most successful goalkeeper in program history. He logged more than 6,000 minutes of game action. He saved his best season for his senior year when he turned aside 221 of 264 shots faced for an .837 save percentage and averaged 11.05 stops per game.

MIAA Distinction

All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association three times, Harkins was Adrian’s most valuable player on two occasions.

Bulldog Recall

His most memorable moment came when he donned his jersey for his first game during freshman year. Adrian won at Ashland, 3-2, and celebrated its first victory in two seasons. “The team was jumping up and down like we had won the national championship," Harkins said. "Little did I know at the time that would be our only win in 1993.”

Records, Records, Records

On the school’s charts, Harkins ranks on top for all-time saves with more than 550 and he still holds the top-two single-season marks in that category with 221 in 1996 and 178 in 1994. He also is first in goalie appearances and third in save percentage for a career.

Keeping Active in the Sport He Loves

After graduation, Harkins continued his soccer career playing internationally and attended a professional combine for the Eastern Indoor Soccer League in Dallas, Texas. Even today, he is still active in the sport as a goalie for various teams in leagues near his hometown. He also has helped coached for several high school teams, molding aspiring goalies to play in college.

What He's Doing Now

Harkins received his degree in exercise science and works as a personal trainer for Retrofit Studio and rehabilitation specialist for OmniKinetics. He also has fitness professional work experience with YMCA of Metro Detroit, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company and StayWell. He has specialized working with people who have spinal cord and brain injuries as well as various amputations at Detroit Medical Center and STAR Rehab.

He is married to Jenilyn Norman, also a graduate of the College in 2000. The couple make their home in Ferndale, Mich.

(Editor's note: This story was corrected at 3:58 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2018, to reflect that Vince did not work with Fellowship for Christian Athletes but for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.)

#AChomecoming18 #BulldogProud #GoDawgs #GDTBAB

Previous HOF Inductee Spotlights
Walter Chany Jr. ‘69 (Monday, Oct. 1)

Jill Green Pedersen '91 (Tuesday, Oct. 2)