FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2010
JU hires Natasha Harvey as Graduate Assistant for Student-Athletes Services
One of JU’s most storied female student-athletes is returning to campus in a different capacity, as Natasha Harvey takes over as the new graduate assistant for student-athlete services.

In her new position, Harvey will assist with the STAAR Program (an academic recovery program which continues to flourish as an aid for at-risk student-athletes), while also helping with study hall and the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program.

“We are excited to have Natasha back on campus and a part of our staff,” said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. “She had an amazing career as a student-athlete and she brings passion and excellence into her position.”

“I’m elated to be back at Jacksonville University,” said Harvey. “It’s almost like I never left. Just having the opportunity to work in athletics and help student-athletes will be a great pleasure.”

As a student-athlete, Harvey was a big part of the success for the JU track & field program. She helped the Dolphins win the Atlantic Sun Indoor and Outdoor titles in each of her four seasons from 2005-08, while also earning a school-record five All-America honors in the long jump (three outdoor, two indoor).

In all, Harvey secured seven berths in the NCAA Championships, produced 18 NCAA regional qualifying marks, won 22 individual conference titles and recorded 35 all-conference honors. Harvey won “Most Outstanding Performer” honors at the A-Sun Championships nine times and competed with Team USA twice (2006, 2008). Prior to coming back to JU, she lived at the USA Olympic facility in Chula Vista, Calif. to train as a track hopeful for the 2012 games.

Academically, Harvey also excelled by earning the School of Education “Outstanding Exercise Science Student” at graduation, JU Women “Student of the Year”, second team ESPN the Magazine All-District and the Dolphins first A-Sun “Student-Athlete of the Year” accolades. She also received the Senior Student-Athlete Award at the athletics banquet and was tabbed as the A-Sun’s nominee for the NCAA “Women of the Year.” Harvey graduated with a 3.58 overall GPA as an exercise science major in 2009.