ALBANY, N.Y. - Ned Harkness, who coached NCAA champion hockey teams as well as lacrosse, has died. He was 89.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said Harkness, who won NCAA championships in 1954 with RPI and in 1967 and 1970 with Cornell University, died in Rochester on Friday on his 89th birthday. He had recently suffered a stroke.
Born in Ottawa, Harkness also coached the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and was the first president and CEO of the New York Olympic Regional Development Authority.
"Inside College Hockey" lists Harkness fifth among the 16 best college hockey coaches of all time, noting he was one of two to win NCAA championships at different schools. Harkness coached at RPI from 1949-63, at Cornell from 1963-70, and at RPI rival Union College from 1975-77.