Harrington Tops Staff Announcements for Athletics

Graphic with photo of Josephine Harrington

WASHINGTON – Josephine Harrington was promoted to deputy director of athletics in one of a number of staff promotions announced Wednesday by American University Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Billy Walker.

"I'm extremely happy to announce Josephine Harrington as our Deputy Director of Athletics," said Walker. "Josephine has been a member of our department for 10 years and has taken on ever-expanding responsibilities throughout her tenure.  She's a visionary athletic administrator who is highly respected in our department and across campus.  She will continue to make us better."

Since 2008, Harrington has been responsible for the business and financial operations for the athletics department, as well as serving as the sport supervisor for women's soccer. She will now add supervisory and advisory responsibilities with senior staff to her duties. She will also serve as the chief operating officer for the department.

She took a lead role in the creation of the athletic department strategic plan and assisted in the formulation of the mission and long-term goals of the department.

"I would like to thank Billy Walker for this incredible opportunity," said Harrington. "It has been a true privilege to work in the American University Athletic Department for the last 10 years and I'm honored and excited to take on this new leadership role.  Our department is a unique place in which each individual truly understands the mission and is dedicated to serving our student-athletes and coaches.  

"I look forward to continuing my work to support this mission alongside a wonderful group of coaches and staff members.  This is an exciting time for AU Athletics and I'm so glad to be a part of it."

She also worked in the business offices at Georgetown and Fordham, and was a marketing assistant at Delaware. Harrington earned a bachelor's in marketing from Maryland in 2003 and a MBA from Fordham in 2007.

There were other personnel moves announced by Dr. Walker as well:

  • Emily Janson was promoted to assistant athletics director for administration;
  • Nick Guerriero was elevated to associate director of communications;
  • Sam Raso was raised to associate athletic trainer
  • John Ganther was given the title of director of equipment operations;

In a related change, women's basketball head coach Megan Gebbia announced that Tiffany Coll is the Eagles' new associate head coach.

Janson will be responsible for assisting Walker with campus-wide administrative duties, as well as coordinating special events for the Eagles Club and the entire department, such as the Cassell Hall of Fame and postseason awards ceremonies. She is tasked with maintaining a master schedule for the athletics department for administrative and organizational purposes.

In addition to being the main communications contact for the Eagles' soccer and men's basketball programs, Guerriero has coordinated AU's new initiatives in multimedia creation and is the executive producer of the "Hoop Talk" coaches show.

Raso handles sports medicine and athletic training assignments for American's field hockey and lacrosse programs.  She is also responsible for overseeing daily operations in the training room.

Ganther is responsible for purchasing, maintaining and inventory of all equipment for AU's intercollegiate athletic teams. He maintains the department's day-to-day relationship with our official outfitter, Under Armour.

 "I'm tremendously proud of our department members who have stepped up and answered the call for increased responsibility," said Walker. "This new alignment will increase our effectiveness while at the same time make us a more efficient and productive organization."