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Wrestling's Harrington Receives PCA Double-Goal Coaching Award

Assistant coach Sean Harrington (left) was a winner of the PCA Double-Goal Coaching Award (Gil Talbot).

Harvard assistant wrestling coach Sean Harrington was one of 20 winners of the 2011 PCA Double-Goal Coaching Award Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Harrington, who is in his second season with the Crimson grapplers, also runs the Brickhouse Wrestling Club in Pelham, N.H. Harrington draws on experience as an assistant coach at Harvard for coaching his young wrestlers. Harrington is a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier and two-time All-America selection at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

 "I like to teach life through wrestling," Harrington said. "We spend a lot of time talking about character, being the ultimate sportsman, being a leader....When I get into that wrestling room and see the smiles on the kids' faces, I realize it's my job to help make a kid a better person. I really enjoy seeing these kids grow from little seedlings."

A Double-Goal Coach's first goal is winning, and second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. As PCA and Liberty Mutual Insurance strive to create a positive, character-building youth sports environment for all youth athletes.

"Sean has been a tremendous asset to our program and the sport of wrestling in general," Jay Weiss, the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling said. "His enthusiasm and passion for the sport is unmatched and I can't think of someone more deserving on this award. All of us in the Harvard wrestling community are proud of him and grateful he has become a part of our family."