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Kirk Harwat, a Cleveland native, is beginning his second year as head coach, and seventh season overall at Cleveland State.

Harwat has guided the Vikings to the Horizon League tournament in five of his seven years, and making it to the semi-final in four of those years.

Harwat was a big help to the Cleveland State program in 2012, as the Vikings went 11-6-3 on the year, while also taking home the Horizon League tournament title. With the league crown, the Vikings qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1980.

Harwat has helped coach 12 All-Horizon League selections in his time on staff, includng seven First Team honorees.

Prior to arriving at CSU, Harwat spent two years as an assistant coach at Richmond. Before working for the Spiders he served as the assistant coach for the U-16 and U-18 teams at the Internationals Developmental Academy. There he guided the U-16 team to a division title and subsequent berth in the National Championship.

He was an assistant coach at Louisville in 2008 before working at Brad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academy in 2009. He also served as an assistant coach at St. Ignatius High School, helping the Wildcats to a 23-1 mark and state runner-up finish.

A 2005 graduate of Akron with a degree in business marketing, Harwat was a two-year standout for the Zips after transferring from Ashland.

In 2002, Harwat was named the MAC Newcomer of the Year, as well as first team All-MAC and all-region after leading the team with nine goals and 22 points. A year later, Harwat earned first team all-league and all-region honors after tallying 23 points on nine goals and five assists, helping the Zips to the third round of the NCAA Championship.

Harwat began his collegiate career at Ashland, finishing fourth in the nation with 19 goals as a freshman to earn Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year honors as well as first team all-league and all-region accolades. He was a repeat selection to the all-league and all-region teams as a sophomore.

Following his collegiate career, Harwat was selected as one of 50 players invited to the MLS player combine and played for the 2003 Chicago Fire PDL squad that reached the league final. He also spent three years playing professionally for Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.