Lavana Harvey was named head coach at Fairmont State on Wednesday. Harvey was a standout on the Miami (Fla.) golf team from 1998-2002, serving as team captain during her junior and senior seasons.

“I believe my experiences during my extensive golf career have prepared me to teach, communicate and motivate young people to achieve their goals on the golf course as well as in the classroom,” Harvey said. “I am eager to get the ball rolling and build a successful golf program at Fairmont State.”

As a full scholarship player at Miami, Harvey was the lead golfer for the Hurricanes starting her freshman season. While at Miami, Harvey was selected as one of 50 students to be named a Living Scholar participant for the Miami athletic department. She was also a member of SAAC and actively served the community by assisting underprivileged children.

Prior to attending Miami, Harvey was a three-time Florida High School Athletic Association District Champion and was named Florida State Junior Girls Champion in 1997. She was also named the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune High School Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons from 1996-98.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lavana to Fairmont State as the women’s golf coach,” director of athletics Tim McNeely said. “Lavana’s success and experience at the high school and college level of women’s golf make her a great leader for our program.

“I am confident that our women’s golf team will compete on a conference, regional and national level under Lavana’s leadership.”

Harvey earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and criminology from Miami in 2002.