Following a national search, Kevin Harrington has been named the new head basketball coach at Johnson & Wales Charlotte. Harrington is the sixth head coach in program history.
Harrington served as the assistant coach for the Wildcats during the 2021-2022 season, helping lead JWU to a 17-12 overall record and an appearance in the 2022 USCAA Division II national championship game.
He came to Johnson & Wales from United Faith Christian Academy where he served as an assistant coach on the boys basketball team. He also was an assistant coach under former Wildcat head coach Josh Gross at Gaston Christian School, while also serving as the head coach of the Gaston Christian girls basketball team. Harrington spent the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons as an assistant coach at Union (KY) College.
Charlotte campus Athletic Director Trudi Lacey is happy to have Harrington ascend to the head coach position. “We are excited to have Kevin join our Wildcat Athletics’ family as the next head men’s basketball coach. Kevin has worked hard for this opportunity and played a major role in the academic and on court success of our men’s team this past year. We look forward to continued success in all areas.”
Harrington himself is ready to get started and knows what his goals are for the program. “I’m excited to be named the new Head Men’s Basketball Coach here at Johnson & Wales and I look forward to helping these young men develop on and off the court by establishing a culture built on respect, integrity, and professionalism. I’m extremely honored to now be able to call Johnson & Wales home, go Wildcats!”
Harrington was a four-year starter at USC-Upstate from 2000-2004. He ranks 4th all-time in school history with 1,536 points. He is also 11th in USC-Upstate history with 599 rebounds. Harrington earned Peach Belt All-Conference honors each of his four years in college, and was also named Peach Belt Freshman of the Year.
He went on to play professionally in China and Mexico before finishing his career in the ABA with the Vermont Frost Heaves.