Multiple Teams · Jimtown Hires New Girls Basketball Coach

An historic day for Jimtown High School Athletics on Monday, April 24, 2017 as the Baugo Community Schools Board of Trustees approved the hiring of our first ever female Head Girls Basketball Coach.

Alicia Harkins comes to Jimtown as our new head girls coach with previous high school and college basketball coaching experience and an incredible resume’ that will add to our ever growing academic offerings for our students.   What is so very exciting for our school and our girls basketball program is that Alicia is an AWESOME teacher in both the classroom and the athletic field.  She has been a leader in “Project Lead the Way” for Biomedical Sciences in the State of Indiana and was instrumental in building this program at Mishawaka High School from scratch.   The Biomedical Sciences program will eventually help Jimtown graduates succeed in the college and beyond within  health related careers, such as nurses doctors, radiologists, etc, etc.

As far as basketball, Coach Harkins brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and relationship building skills to help make our program the best that it can be.  She is excited to get going with summer activities and we will have an introductory call-out meeting today during our homeroom period.   We are so excited and lucky to have Coach Harkins at Jimtown.  The future is bright and it’s time to get to work.

Here is a short Bio for Coach Harkins:

Alicia Harkins has been a Biomedical Science teacher at Mishawaka High School for the past 8 years. She coached this past season as an assistant for Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, IN.  Prior to that she was on the Mishawaka High School staff for 5 years with roles that included freshmen coach, JV coach and Varsity assistant.

A 1993 graduate of Penn High, Alicia played in a very successful program making it to Semi-State her sophomore season. She earned a scholarship to Kankakee Community College in Illinois.  Her freshmen season at KCC she averaged 10.1 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. During that season she had the individual high point game with 30 points. Her sophomore season ended before it began when she tore her 2nd ACL during a scout game and redshirted the season.

Alicia was fortunate once again to continue playing basketball and received a full ride to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A NCAA D-II school near St. Louis. During her 3 years at SIUE she became the 10th all-time leading scorer while netting 1,268 points in 85 games, averaging 15.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds. Voted honorable mention all-conference for the Great Lakes Valley Conference every season she played.

Alicia will be starting the new Biomedical Science program here at Jimtown, which is an amazing opportunity for students to study Human Biology with a medical focus. She will also add Biology to her class load.

Alicia says “I am extremely excited and honored for the opportunity to be the Varsity Girls Basketball Coach here at Jimtown. As well as the opportunity to start this amazing Biomedical Science Program.”

Coach Harkins has been married for 18 years and has 2 children, a daughter Logan and a son Cooper.