Karen Harvey joined the Ferrum coaching staff in March of 2006 as Associate Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, assuming leadership for the team as head coach in the summer of 2006. Harvey also serves as a volunteer assistant women's basketball coach.
From 1995 to 2005, Harvey served as Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Physical Education Instructor at Hollins University. Harvey also served as Hollins’ Sports Information Director. Prior to joining the staff at Hollins, Harvey served as Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at William Byrd High School and Head Girls JV Coach at Patrick Henry High School, both from 1994-95. Prior to that, she served as a Biology and Chemistry Teacher at Staunton River High School from 1993-94, and Head Athletic Trainer at Radford High School from 1992-93.
Harvey is also a certified athletic trainer with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and has been a certified weight trainer with the International Weightlifting Association. Harvey holds professional memberships with US Lacrosse, the IWLCA (International Womens Lacrosse Coaches Association), the National Athletic Trainers Association, and the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Roanoke College in 1991. She then earned her master’s degree in exercise science from Virginia Tech in 1993.
Harvey's husband Bryan is also employed at Ferrum, serving as Head Women's Basketball Coach. The Harveys reside in Ferrum with their children Micaela, Tyler and Tucker.