Richard "Joe" Harrington, on everybody's list of Maine's top ten schoolboy basketball players, probably rates as the State's premium as both player and coach. A three year standout for Morse High of Bath, the 6'5" center sparked the Shipbuilders of Coach Clyde Haden to three straight Western Maine finals, two straight State Class A championships and runner-up (to the Stearns High team it had beaten in the Maine title game) in the 1963 New England tournament. Harrington was named a high school All-American in 1962 and '63; All-New England in '63.
Widely recruited by big time colleges and keenly sought by two-time NCAA champion Cincinnati, Joe opted for the University of Maryland. He helped upgrade the Terrapins' program, was cocaptain in an injury-curtailed senior season of 1966-67, drafted by the Boston Celtics, and then stayed on at College Park as an assistant coach for 12 years, the last ten under Head Coach Charles (Lefty) Driesell. A key recruiter among other duties, Harrington was a strong factor in Maryland's consistent contention in the fast Atlantic Coast Conference while facing other strong Division One opponents.
Branching out on his own, Harrington in one year as Hofstra University head coach turned a two-year losing program (16-38) into a 14-14 break even mark. Then on to George Mason University for seven seasons and posting five winning seasons.
Joe was named ECAC South Coach of the Year in 1983-84. His overall record at George Mason was 112-85. Harrington has now leaped cross-country to take on the hoop job at Long Beach State, Long Beach, California.
Joe has conducted clinics in several states plus South America. Among many citations is one for his work with the Northern Virginia Special Olympics.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.