January 11, 2011

Harrington Resigns as Head Field Hockey Coach

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown head field hockey coach Tara Harrington '94 has announced her resignation as head coach of the Bears to transition into a career in University Advancement at Roger Williams University. Harrington has spent the past 12 seasons on the Brown field hockey staff, including the past four as its head coach.

"Tara is the epitome of what we want in a head coach," said Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger. "A Brown graduate, Tara is intelligent, articulate, an outstanding educator, and a strong proponent of the complete Brown experience. She brought in outstanding young women who are incredible representatives of Brown on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

"This is a decision that I have toiled over endlessly due to my passion for Brown," said Harrington. "I want to thank everyone in the Brown field hockey family for their support and friendship during my seventeen years as a member of the Brown Community."

Originally hired as an assistant coach in 1998, Harrington was promoted to the Associate Head Coach prior to the start of the 2001 season, a position she retained until her promotion to head coach during the summer of 2007.

Under Harrington's guidance as head coach, Brown featured 11 All-Ivy honorees, two NFHCA All-Region selections, one Academic All-American, two recipients of the Royce Fellowship for Sport & Society, one RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete of the Year, one Senior All-Star, 44 NFHCA Division I Academic Squad honorees, and four Academic All-Ivy selections.

Harrington started in goal for the Bears throughout her four-year career as a student-athlete, playing every minute of every game in net for the 1991-1993 seasons. The goalie for the 1991 Ivy League Champions, Harrington earned second team All-Ivy honors in 1992 after earning honorable mention honors the year before. In addition, she posted seven shutouts in 1992, which remains a Brown record for shutouts in a season. She served as captain her senior year and was the recipient of the Brown Field Hockey Outstanding Defensive Player Award.

A national search for her successor will be launched immediately.