Cory Harbinson enters his second season at Johnson & Wales (Fla.), serving as an associate head coach for the women’s soccer team and first as the head coach of the Wildcats' reserve team.
Harbinson, who served as a part-time assistant coach with the Wildcats during the 2019 season, comes to JWU after a brief stint as an account executive in the FIU athletic department. In 2019, Harbison and the JWU staff were named the NAIA Women's East Region Staff of the Year (SOY) by the United Soccer Coaches. The Wildcats finished with a 12-5-1 record (6-3-1 TSC) to earn the No. 3 seed in the Sun Conference Women's Soccer Championship. Advancing the semifinals for the second-straight year, the Wildcats registered a school-record 12 wins in 2019 while remaining unbeaten at home (6-0-1) for the first time in program history.
Before joining JWU for the 2019 season, Harbinson spent three seasons as head assistant coach at Nova Southeastern. Harbinson joined the NSU coaching staff after serving as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Gulf South Conference member Valdosta State for one season. During his tenure, he was primarily responsible for training the Blazers’ goalkeepers and coached Alyssa Curtis, who received HERO Sports National Player of the Week during the 2016 campaign.
Prior to his stint at Valdosta State, Harbinson was the head women’s soccer coach at Andrew College as the program’s first full-time head coach. In his three seasons with the Lady Tigers, he not only led the team to their first program win in four years during the 2013 season, but he completely turned around a struggling program. In 2014, he had seven freshmen that helped lead Andrew to its first Region 17 tournament semifinal and first playoff win in 10 years behind a 9-7-4 record. For his efforts, Harbinson was a nominee for Region Coach of the Year. He finished his tenure with the Lady Tigers having coached eight NJCAA All-Region honorees, which included five Second Team All-Region student-athletes, as well as two Region 17 All-Tournament selections. His program also boasted two NSCAA Academic All-Americans.
Harbinson has also had coaching stints at Team Boca Blast of the Women’s Premier Soccer League and with Storm FC of the National Premier Soccer League.
As a collegian, Harbinson spent his playing days as a Shark. He played for the NSU men’s team during the 2011 and 2012 seasons as a defender and was a member of the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll both years. He graduated from Nova Southeastern with a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in sport and recreation management.