DANBURY, CT – The man overseeing athletics at Western Connecticut State University for the last 29 years is ready to move on. Ed Farrington announces he will leave the school January 31. 2016.
The program has seen plenty of success under his watch, as they’ve made 62 NCAA Division III tournament appearances.
He has been highly decorated for his work in Danbury including the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the year award in 2013.
Farrington arrived at WCSU in 1986. In 1994 he oversaw the addition of women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving in 1996, women’s lacrosse in 1998 and men’s lacrosse in 2004.
Western’s acceptance into The Little East Conference, in 1993, further enhanced the stature of Western Athletics. The Colonials’ football program most recently became an affiliated member in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in the fall of 2013.
Farrington was the impetus behind Western Connecticut being selected to host the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Four for three years from 1999 to 2001.
A native of Rutherford, NJ, Farrington played football at and graduated from Southern Connecticut in 1966. He was a graduate assistant at Sam Houston (Tex.) State, where he received his Master’s Degree. He has a Sixth-Year Certificate from Fairfield University.
He was a high school football coach in New Jersey for seven years, before moving to Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT, where he was Head Football Coach from 1975 to 1979 and Athletic Director until 1984.
His college coaching experience includes two years on the Southern Connecticut football staff and four years on the staff at Western.
Farrington resides in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife Linda.