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St. Scholastica's Saints Field to be renamed in honor of soccer coach

Saints Field will be renamed in Kenny Harkins' honor after it undergoes renovations

Annah Schussman (10) of University of Wisconsin-Superior controls the ball near Hunter Zamzow (33) of St. Scholastica during the UMAC women's soccer championship on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Saints Field on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
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St. Scholastica's Saints Field is scheduled to undergo renovations ahead of the 2023-24 academic year, and upon completion it will be renamed Kenny Harkins Field.

Harkins was the Saints' first men's soccer coach, starting in 1978. He later took over as head coach of the women's soccer program in 1994. Harkins was inducted into the St. Scholastica Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.

"Kenny Harkins was an important mentor, coach and friend to me during my time at St. Scholastica, where he continues to coach and influence student-athletes today," said former Saints soccer and hockey player Dan Seeler, who was recruited by Harkins in 1978. Seeler is providing major support to the project, St. Scholastica said in its announcement. "I am proud to be honoring his work and celebrating this dedication next year."

St. Scholastica will be installing FieldTurf for the new Harkins Field to replace the current artificial turf that has been used by the soccer and football programs since 2008. St. Scholastica said it is looking to make additional improvements to the field, though didn't provide any specifics.

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