Graham Harden - CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Graham began his high school career at New Canaan High School, making the varsity team as a freshman and starting at defense as a sophomore. Graham finished his high school career at Deerfield Academy.
Graham went on to play collegiately for the University of North Carolina where his teams won four straight ACC Championships from 1988-2991. Graham was a captain on the 1991 team which had one of the finest seasons in college lacrosse history recording a 16-0 record and capturing the NCAA Division I National Championship. He was named First Team All-ACC and First Team All-America. Additionally, he was named ACC Player of the Year and received The William F. Schmeisser Award as the NCAA Division I Outstanding Defensemen of the Year. In 2002, Graham was one of 57 players selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary Men's Lacrosse Team.
Graham began his coaching career in 1992 at Wilton High School, helping the Warriors to a CT State Championship. He again coached in 1998 at the University of North Carolina as the defensive coordinator. In 2005, Graham returned to coaching at the high school level and has not stopped since. While coaching at the The Loveet School in Atlanta, he helped lead the team to a state title in 2005 and a state runner-up finish in 2006. Later in 2006, Graham and his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he joined the Mariemont High School coaching staff. In ten years, the Mariemont boys' team has played in five state title games, winning three (2007, 2013, 2014). In 2014, Graham was named the US Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year for the Southern Ohio region. In addition to his coaching duties for the boys, he has also been a part of the girls' varsity coaching staff as Mariemont since 2014.
Graham and his wife Dawn live in Terrace Park, Ohio and have three children, Kendall, Lindsay, and Cole.