Joe Harrington has spent decades developing young basketball talent around the nation. Now he brings that expertise back to where his career began in College Park, Md.
Harrington was a teammate of Gary Williams at Maryland from 1965-67 under Head Coach Bud Milikan, and averaged 8.5 points and 5.5 points in 344 career games as a Terrapin. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1967 draft.
Harrington opted to stay at Maryland after he graduated, serving first as a graduate assistant alongside Williams under freshman coach Tom Davis, and later as an assistant to Coach Lefty Driesell from 1969-1979. His time at Maryland marked one of the most successful decades in Maryland basketball history, as the Terps reached the Elite Eight twice and also captured the NIT Championship in 1972. Four of those teams were ranked in the top 14 in the season's final Associated Press poll, including final rankings of No. 4 in 1974 and No. 5 in 1975. Harrington also helped mentor four All-Americans at College Park, coaching Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas and Albert King to basketball greatness.
In 1980, Harrington left College Park to take the reins as head coach at George Mason, where he compiled a 112-85 record in a successful career from 1980-1987. He was named the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1984, when the Patriots compiled a 21-7 record. In eight seasons with Mason, he produced 10 all-conference selections and saw Carlos Yates earn honorable mention All-America honors four straight years.
Following his stint with the Patriots, Harrington took over as head coach of Long Beach State, where he posted a record of 53-36 from 1987-90. Harrington guided the 49ers to the NIT in 1988 and 1990, before leaving to take over at the University of Colorado, where he served as head coach from 1990 to 1996.
There, he ended the school's 22-year postseason drought by earning a bid to the 1991 NIT, where the Buffaloes advanced to the Final Four. In addition to guiding CU to a second NIT appearance in 1995, he coached Donnie Boyce, who became Colorado's all-time leading scorer, as well as NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups. Harrington produced seven all-conference performers at Colorado.
Harrington brings NBA experience to the Terps as well, having worked in the National Basketball Association as an assistant on the Toronto Raptors staff from 1999-2001. In Toronto, he helped coach the franchise to its first playoff appearance and mentored NBA All-Stars Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady, who blossomed into the league's Rookie of the Year under Harrington's watch.