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Ian Harkes

Wake Forest University


A business major at Wake Forest, Ian Harkes was named to the 2014, 2015 and 2016 All-ACC Academic teams. In his time at Wake Forest, he has accumulated a GPA of 3.307.


Always using his watchful eye as a team captain for the second year in a row, Harkes has proven time and again that he is playing for more than just himself. Harkes shows consistent desire to ensure that his teammates are having the best possible experience and gives them the boost they need when they’re down. Case in point, when Rafael Fagundo suffered his second knee injury in a year that forced him to miss the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Harkes reached out to Coach Bobby Muuss to make sure when athletic communications posted a story about student-athletes receiving ACC Honor Roll recognition that Fagundo was pictured on the story because of his effort and desire to return to the field, even though he was struggling through his second serious knee injury. With Harkes’ support, Fagundo stuck with it and returned to the field during the 2016 season.


A continued participant in community service throughout his time at Wake Forest, Harkes has helped the team in community service projects for Habitat for Humanity and Santa’s Helpers, to name a few. He also serves as a “coach” at nearly all men’s soccer camps and clinics to help kids in the local community grow in the game of soccer. A captain for the Demon Deacons last year, Harkes helped the men’s soccer team win the CHAMPS Cup for the 2015-16 academic year. The CHAMPS Cup keeps a running tally throughout the year for community service hours for all Wake Forest athletic programs.


In his career, Harkes has picked up first-team All-ACC (2015) honors, a 2014 All-ACC Second Team nod and 2013 ACC All-Freshman Team honors. Harked was named a 2015 NSCAA All-South Region Second Team honoree and earned 2015 ACC Championship All-Tournament Team recognition. As of September 29, Harkes had started all 64 games in which he had played in his three-plus seasons at Wake Forest, serving as a team captain in 2015 and now in 2016. He has played center midfield and controls the Wake Forest attack and defensive effort from the middle of the field. In his career, he has scored five goals with 14 assists for 24-career points. To open this season, Harkes was named the No. 7 player in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer.