Sean Harrington has been surrounded by basketball coaches for his entire life, whether it be his father and his former high school boys basketball coach Jim Harrington, collegiate coaches Lon Kruger and Bill Self, or current boss and former Illinois assistant, Northern Illinois University skipper Rob Judson.
Knowing Harrington's pedigree, it only seemed fitting that Judson promoted his Director of Basketball Operations to an assistant coach on Wednesday (July 5). Harrington replaces former assistant coach Rick Ray, who accepted a job as an assistant coach at Purdue University.
The duties that the Bartlett native will be charged with include off-campus recruiting and on-court coaching.
"I am very excited about the opportunity in front of me," Harrington said. "I have been very fortunate to learn from some great coaches, especially Coach Judson. I have learned a lot from him first as a player and now working alongside of him for the past two years. It will be great to work in my home state and continue to build relationships with the coaches in the area."
As Director of Basketball Operations, Harrington served as the team's office manager, while organizing all of NIU's travel, including transportation, hotels and meals, as well as film exchange and facility scheduling. During the offseason, Harrington organized and maintains the Huskies' extensive database and aides in the organization of the NIU basketball camps.
Harrington played a key role in helping the Huskies to their first-ever Mid-American Conference West Division championship in 2006, including wins over BCS schools (DePaul and Kansas State).
"Sean has been outstanding as our Director of Basketball Operations for the past two years," Judson said. "During his time in our program Sean has demonstrated a terrific work ethic, and the willingness to do whatever it takes to move our program forward. He has an excellent feel for the game of basketball, which will allow him to make the transition to an off-campus recruiter and on-court coach. Sean Harrington's ability and attitude will make him a successful college basketball coach. I have seen Sean grow and develop as a person, player and coach for close to ten years now, and will look forward to his contribution as a recruiter and coach for Northern Illinois Basketball.
Upon his graduation from the University of Illinois in 2003, Harrington followed Self from Champaign to Lawrence, KS, where he served as the Administrative Assistant / Video Coordinator for the University of Kansas. During his brief stint, the Jayhawks advanced to the 2004 Elite Eight.