Patrick Harrington Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
May 17, 2005
Harrington, a native of Boston Mass., comes to Oregon State after working over a decade in the basketball coaching ranks and spending the past four seasons as assistant men's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of New Orleans.
'Patrick Harrington brings the experience of recruiting, as well as coaching the technical aspect of the game to the Oregon State women's basketball program,' said Wagner. 'He has a passion for the game and is a people person - he's a great fit for Corvallis.'
Harrington has signed back-to-back Top 25 recruiting classes, including a ranking for the Privateers' 2001 class from both HOOPSCOOP online and ESPN.com. While at UNO, Harrington helped recruit the Sun Belt Conference Newcomer and Player of the Year as well as the league's Freshman of the Year.
'Patrick did a great job here and we hate to lose him,' said University of New Orleans head coach Monte Towe. 'We're happy for Oregon State and Patrick and his family. He is a wonderful coach and has a tremendous work ethic.'
The Privateers posted three consecutive winning seasons while Harrington was on staff.
'This is an unbelievable opportunity for my family and I,' said Harrington. 'It's a chance to work at a great university and with terrific people. I've known LaVonda for over 10 years and she has been successful at a very high level and has done it with integrity.'
Prior to joining forces at UNO, Harrington spent one season as an assistant at Southern Utah University where he helped guide the Thunderbirds to the Mid-Continent Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Before that, he spent two seasons as an assistant at Texas-Pan American where he helped recruit two top classes in 1998 and 1999.
Harrington also served as head coach at Newbury College in Brookline, Mass., where he led the Knights to a No. 7 national ranking. While at Newbury, Harrington was an assistant athletic director and golf coach.
A basketball letterwinner and 1986 graduate of Rollins College, Harrington has also coached at the high school level. As an assistant, he helped guide South Boston High School to back-to-back state championships in 1995 and 1996.
Harrington, and his wife, Lori, have three children - daughters Kelly and Katherine and son Patrick II.