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All Sports Association Creates Endowment in Memory of Coach Patrick Harrington
The All Sports Association has taken a leadership role in memorializing Northwest Florida State College women's basketball coach Patrick Harrington, who passed away on October 9, 2014, at the age of 51. The All Sports Association has created the Coach Patrick Harrington by All Sports Association Endowment. Once fully endowed, the fund will provide scholarship support to a recent high school graduate who was a female athlete in Okaloosa or Walton counties and plans to attend NWF State College as a degree-seeking student.
Harrington passed away one week after he and his wife, Lori, were involved in a serious automobile accident while traveling north on State Road 85 in Okaloosa County. He was set to enter his fifth year as head coach of the NWF women's basketball program. Harrington, of Boston, led the Lady Raiders to a 100-25 record and back-to-back quarterfinal appearances in the NJCAA Division I Tournament. During his tenure, the Lady Raiders were the only program in the Panhandle Conference to earn four consecutive FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament appearances. Harrington led the Lady Raiders to their first national tournament berth after an 18-year absence. Most noteworthy, 100 percent of his players earned scholarships to four-year schools. Harrington is survived by his wife, Lori, and their three children, Kelly, Patrick Harrington II, and Katherine.
The All Sports Association has provided the lead gift of $7,500 and is seeking gifts from the community to reach a principal balance of $15,000 to perpetually fund the endowment. Gifts may be made via the NWF State College Foundation's website at www.nwfscfoundation.org by clicking the "Give Now" link.
"The All Sports Association is well known in the community for supporting youth-oriented sports programs," said college President Dr. Ty Handy. "Northwest Florida State College is grateful that this exceptional organization has chosen to memorialize Coach Harrington, who made an indelible mark on his players, the women's basketball program and the institution."
Shown in photo (L-R): Bernard Johnson, Bill Kuhn, Ty Handy, Kelly Harrington, Patrick Harrington II, Katherine Harrington, Lori Harrington, Dewayne Youngblood, Coy Browning, Dave Brown, and Chad Hamilton.