Young Harris College women's basketball coach Lindsey Huffman has announced that Christina Harvey has joined the Mountain Lions as an assistant coach.
"I am so excited to have Coach Harvey join our program here at Young Harris," said Huffman. "She brings a good deal of experience at the NCAA Division II level, both as a coach and as a phenomenal student-athlete. Her enthusiasm and passion for the game is contagious and will immediately impact our team and program going forward. I feel blessed to have not only a great coach, but a great person on our staff."
Harvey comes to the Enchanted Valley after spending the past two seasons in Erie, Pennsylvania, as a member of the Gannon University women's basketball coaching. While at Gannon, the Golden Knights made two postseason appearances and had four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West All-Conference players, include the PSAC West Freshman of the Year once. Gannon had a 3.61 overall team grade-point average which was ranked 19th in NCAA Division II in 2018 as the Golden Knights had 14 PSAC Scholar Athletes.
Harvey was recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as one of their Thirty Under 30 honorees for the 2018-19 season. The WBCA Thirty Under 30 program was created to recognize 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each honoree exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner, and attitude and professional association involvement.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity Coach Huffman has given me to become part of the Young Harris women's basketball staff and the Mountain Lion family," said Harvey. "I believe in the vision and standards Coach Huffman is bringing to the program and I am very excited to be able to work with quality student-athletes to establish a championship culture on and off the court. Young Harris is a special place and I look forward to getting started and becoming part of the Young Harris community."
She came to Gannon after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Alvernia University of the Middle Atlantic Conference. In addition to her coaching duties, Harvey also served as the athletics department's assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Harvey was a standout during her collegiate playing days at Pfeiffer University, before concluding her career seventh all-time in program history with 1,200 career points. The forward averaged 16.8 points and 9.5 rebounds as a senior in 2012-13, helping the Falcons advance to the Conference Carolinas championship and second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. She scored over 20 points while playing every minute during the final two games of the conference tournament and both NCAA Tournament contests.
At Pfeiffer, Harvey was a three-year team captain and four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She ranked 11th among all NCAA Division II players in field goal percentage (55.0), 14th in double-doubles (14), 48th in rebounds per game and 64th in points per game as a senior. She also set a program record with 112 offensive rebounds in 32 games. Her senior accolades included All-Conference Carolinas first team, Conference Carolinas All-Tournament team, NCAA Division II Southeast Region All-Tournament team and Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll.
Harvey graduated from Pfeiffer with a bachelor's degree in exercise science with a sports medicine concentration and minor in athletic coaching in 2013. She later received a master's degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania in 2014.