Harrington no longer WAHS boys soccer coach

In an email received by the Times Observer on Monday, Tom Harrington announced that he is no longer the head coach of the Warren Area High School boys soccer program.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that I am no longer the head varsity soccer coach at Warren Area High School,” Harrington said in the email. “It has been an honor, a pleasure and my passion to serve as the head boys soccer coach at Warren Area High School.”

Harrington went on to thank current and former assistant coaches, volunteer coaches and many others involved in the program over his six years as head coach.

The program was wildly successful under Harrington’s guidance, as he compiled a record of 87-32-1. Among the more notable accomplishments were District 10 Class AA titles in 2010 and 2014, as well as five region championships.

At Monday’s Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee meeting of the Warren County School District, a number of current players and parents spoke on behalf of Harrington.

Among them were team manager and parent liaison Kellie Goldthwaite, goalkeeper coach Dr. Paul Green, senior keeper Clark Eason, one of four team captains for the team this past season and Harrington’s son Seth, a sophomore midfielder.

Harrington also received a letter of support from Dan Perritano, the head men’s soccer coach at Penn State Behrend, which was read by Goldthwaite at the meeting.

“Tom is a consummate professional,” Green said. “He is respected to the highest degree by his peers and colleagues and Warren Area High School should be proud to have such a man serve as coach. I have never questioned my devotion to him, either personally or professionally. I ask that the board reconsider and do a formal investigation.”

What Green is alluding to is an alleged incident that took place involving a student-athlete, according to the parents in attendance, at an indoor practice last month unaffiliated with the high school program.

Executive Director of the Warren County School District Amy Stewart declined comment, citing personnel issues.

Added Eason: “Coach Harrington has been a very good coach and mentor and has given me many moments to cherish. I have never seen him commit any malicious acts towards anybody. It pains me to see this. That’s just my two cents.”

Sophomore teammate Connor Guiffre added: “I can never remember seeing him once do anything to hurt or injure any player on this team. I started this journey with him and would like to end it with him. “