Harding Athletic Director Set to Retire

SEARCY, AR - Longtime athletic director Greg Harnden announced in a coaches meeting Monday morning that he will be retiring following the 2017-18 school year after a successful career with the University spanning 21 years as athletic director and 31 years overall.

"I've been blessed to work with such an amazing group of coaches and staff," Harding said. "I've really enjoyed interacting with our student-athletes and I'm proud of the athletic success and the academic success that we've had through the years."

As athletic director, Harding added women's soccer, men's soccer, women's golf and softball to Harding's athletic offerings.

He has overseen the renovation of several of Harding's athletic facilities, which are all now rated among the best athletic venues in Division II sports.

Harnden also helped facilitate Harding's move from the NAIA to the NCAA as well as Harding's move from the Gulf South conference to its current home in the Great American Conference.

He was inducted into the Harding Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Under his direction, Harding won its first Great American Conference All-Sports Trophy in 2016-17.

Before assuming his current role as athletic director, Harnden served eight years as the head coach of the very successful Lady Bison basketball team. He led the Lady Bisons to the NAIA national tournament in 1995-96 and 1996-97 and finished his career with a 153-91 overall record.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Harnden attended Harding for one year before earning his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1969. He was also awarded a master's degree in education administration from UMKC in 1973.


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