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NWF State College Saddened by the Loss of Coach Patrick Harrington
Northwest Florida State College women's basketball coach Patrick Harrington, 51, passed away Thursday morning at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Harrington died a week after he and his wife, Lori, were involved in a serious car accident while traveling north on State Road 85 in Okaloosa County, Fla.
"The entire NWF family is grieving the loss of Coach Harrington," said President Ty Handy. "During his time at NWF State College, Patrick made a positive impact and a lasting impression on his players and our faculty and staff."
Harrington was set to enter his fifth year as head coach of the Northwest Florida State women's basketball program. Harrington, of Boston, led the Raiders to a 100-25 record and back-to-back quarterfinal appearances in the NJCAA Division I Tournament. Some of his most noteworthy accomplishments in leading the Lady Raiders include being the only program in the Panhandle Conference to earn four consecutive FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament appearances, leading the Lady Raiders to their first national tournament berth after an 18-year absence, and having 100 percent of his players earn scholarships to four-year schools.
"During his years at NWF State College, Coach Harrington was not only an outstanding coach but he was a friend to all students, faculty and staff and the communities of Northwest Florida," added Athletic Director Ramsey Ross. "As successful as he was on the court, Patrick was an even better person and family man. Patrick will be greatly missed by all."
Harrington is survived by his wife, Lori, and their three children, Kelly, Patrick Harrington II, and Katherine, and his brother and sister-in-law, L.J. and Karla Harrington of Sudbury, Mass.; brother, Lonergan Harrington of Providence, R.I.; and aunt, Adeline Garvey of Chicago, Ill.
Services will be announced at a later time.