Joe Harrington

Joe Harrington (born December 28, 1945)

Teams coached: Hofstra Flying Dutchmen, George Mason Patriots, Long Beach State 49ers, Colorado Buffaloes
Hofstra record: 14-14 (.500)
George Mason record: 112-85 (.569)
Long Beach State record: 53-36 (.596)
Colorado record: 72-85 (.459)
Overall record: 251-220 (.533)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  5  (1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2008-2010 Maryland (DPD)
1998-2000 Toronto Raptors (asst)
1990-1996 Colorado
1987-1990 Long Beach State
1980-1987 George Mason
1979-1980 Hofstra
1969-1979 Maryland (asst)

Joe Harrington Facts

  • Joe Harrington
  • Born December 28, 1945
  • Hometown: Bath, Maine
  • Alma Mater: University of Maryland (BA, 1967)
  • After winning two state titles at Morse HS (ME), Harrington played for head coach Bud Millikan at Maryland
  • Began his coaching career at his alma mater, spending ten years as an assistant coach under Lefty Driesell
    • Was a part of two NCAA Tournaments and two NITs, including the Terps’ 1972 NIT title
  • Hired in 1979 to be the head coach at Hofstra, going 14-14 in his only season there
  • Spent the next seven seasons at George Mason, compiling a 112-85 record during that time
    • Led the Patriots to the NIT in 1986, his second 20+ win season with the program
  • Next stop was a three-year stint at Long Beach State, going to the NIT in his first and third years
    • Also served as a manager with the Team USA basketball team at the 1990 FIBA Championships
  • For five and a half seasons, Harrington was the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes
    • Went 72-85 overall, reaching two NITs but no NCAA Tournaments
    • Fired 14 games into the 1995-96 season, following a 5-9 (0-3 Big Eight) start
  • Served as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors for two years, mentoring young players like Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady
  • Returned to Maryland in 2008, spending two seasons as the director of men’s basketball student services
    • The Terps’ head coach at the time was Gary Williams, with whom Harrington played in the 1960s

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