May 2017

For former Marshall coach, basketball helps reassemble a shattered life

Harrington, 41, was a Division II All-American at Northwest Missouri State, where he landed after playing at Mineral Area (Iowa) Junior College, then New Mexico State following graduation from Marshall in 1993. A 5-11, 170-pound frame deemed too slight for the rigors of pro ball curtailed his NBA aspirations, so he returned to the West Side and went to work in a community under siege, coaching hoops and serving as a classroom aide to special-ed students at Marshall while helping raise his daughter, Naja.