May 4, 2016
May 4, 2016
The Collegiate Sports Video Association has named Joe Harrington, Sports Technology Coordinator for the Tennessee football coaching staff, the 2015-16 Southeastern Conference Video Coordinator of the Year.
Harrington was selected by a majority vote of his peers in the SEC to receive the Conference Coordinator of the Year honor. He is now a finalist for the prestigious Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year award, which will be announced at the annual CSVA banquet on May 12, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Bob Matey Award is presented to the Video Coordinator who displays innovation, determination, perseverance and technical skill as portrayed by the late Bob Matey, legendary Video Coordinator from Texas A&M.
The 2016-17 academic year will mark Harrington’s 26th year on staff at Tennessee. He was previously named the SEC Video Coordinator of the Year in 1996-97, 1997-98 and 2002-03.
During his first year, he had just one “player” deck to manually make his intercuts. He would put the sideline offense tape in, start the record deck and record the first play from the sideline view. Then he would eject the sideline tape and put in the end-zone tape. He then would record the first play from the end zone. Then again, he would pause the record deck and repeat this process for five and a half hours. He process during his first season at UT led to the development of his professional mantra: “There has got to be a better way.”
Over the years Harrington has enjoyed sharing some of his many innovations at both CSVA and the SEC video directors meetings.
Harrington has had the honor of working alongside some of the great coaches and players in college football, such as John Chavis, David Cutcliffe, Phillip Fulmer, Todd Helton, Butch Jones, Jamal Lewis, Johnny Majors, Peyton Manning and Lovie Smith.
A native of Camillus, New York, Harrington graduated from Tennessee in 1990 with a degree in communications. He and his wife, Tammy, have three children: Connor, Abigail and Hayden Jane.