A 1994 graduate of Brown, Tara Harrington was named Head Coach of the Bears' field hockey team in the summer of 2007. 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.
Harrington started in goal for the Bears throughout her four-year career, 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. Her 0.78 goals against average in 1992, a Brown record, was the seventh lowest average in the country, while her 0.75 Ivy League goals against average led the League. 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. Her 19 career shutouts is also a Brown record.
Along the way, the native of Buskirk, New York also earned Academic All-Ivy honors in both her junior and senior years, and was an Academic All-American selection as a senior. Following the 1993 season, Harrington was selected to play in the Division I North/South Senior All-Star Game.
Harrington graduated with a degree in history, and also completed the Teacher Education Program while an undergraduate at Brown. She began her coaching career at the University of Rhode Island in 1994. She then returned to Brown for one season under head coach Wendy Anderson, before moving to a high school teaching and coaching position in Hoosick Falls, New York.
Harrington was the USFHA Futures Program Regional Coaching Director for Connecticut and Rhode Island for eight years. In addition, Harrington has coached at the USFHA's Super Camp, "B" camp and Futures Development Invitational Camp during the summer. She was selected to participate in the F.I.H. Preparation Course at the 1999 Final Four at Northeastern University and has been a clinician for the Futures Certification Coaching Course for the past seven winters.
Harrington resides in Warwick, RI.