Norris Named Associate Athletic Director at Brown, Steps Down as Field Hockey Coach; Harrington to Assume Head Coach Responsibilities

Norris Named Associate Athletic Director at Brown, Steps Down as Field Hockey Coach; Harrington to Assume Head Coach Responsibilities

May 17, 2007

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown Field Hockey Coach Carolan Norris, who just completed her ninth season behind the Bears' bench, has stepped down as head coach and has been named an Associate Athletic Director at Brown University. In addition, Tara Harrington '94, who has coached alongside Norris for the past nine seasons, first as an assistant coach and then as an Associate Head Coach since 2001, has been named Head Coach of the Brown Field Hockey program, effective immediately.

Norris joined the Brown athletic department in 1983 as an assistant field hockey coach and continued in that role for 10 years before assuming head lacrosse coaching duties on a full-time basis. After completing a successful six years with lacrosse, in which she boasted five winning seasons, Norris took over the field hockey program in the fall of 1998, coaching her teams to five winning seasons and the 1999 Ivy League Championship.

"After 24 years of coaching, I have been given an opportunity to become an Associate Athletic Director at Brown," said Norris. "I feel fortunate that I can continue my career at one of the best schools in the world. I look forward to supporting the entire athletic department in my new venture to enhance the student-athlete experience."

In her new role as an Associate Athletic Director, Norris' primary responsibilities will oversee training and mentoring programs for coaches and diversity initiative, and she will act as chief advisor for non-academic student-athlete issues. Norris will also provide additional support in the area of compliance.

A native of Wakefield, RI, Norris graduated from South Kingstown High School, where she was an All-State field hockey and volleyball player. She went on to receive her bachelor of science from the University of Connecticut in 1983, where she was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. She played on the 1981 Husky field hockey team that won an NCAA National Championship.

"I feel the program is on solid ground with Tara taking over as the head coach," said Norris. "She is the perfect fit to take over the program and I look forward to watching her grow in her new position."

Harrington began her coaching career in 1994 as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island. 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, NY. Harrington came back to Brown again in 1998, serving as an assistant coach for three seasons, before getting elevated to the Associate Head Coach prior to the 2001 season.

"I am extremely honored and excited to be named Brown's new head field hockey coach," said Harrington about her promotion.

A four-year member of the Brown field hockey team, Harrington started in goal all four years, playing every minute of every game from 1991-1993. The goalie for the 1991 Ivy League Champions, Harrington earned Second Team All-Ivy honors in 1992. Her 0.78 goals against average in 1992, a Brown record, was the seventh-lowest average in the country. A team captain in 1993, Harrington also holds the Brown record for shutouts in a season (7) and shutouts in a career (19).

In addition to her duties at Brown, Harrington has also been active in the USFHA Futures program, serving as the Regional Coaching Director of Connecticut and Rhode Island for eight years.