TCU Hires Matt Emmert, Julie Harrington As Assistant Coaches

FORT WORTH, Texas, August 10. TCU swimming and diving head coach Richard Sybesma announced the hiring of Matt Emmert and Julie Harrington as assistant coaches Monday.

"I am excited about the quality of both of our new assistant coaches," Sybesma said. "Julie and Matt have college coaching and recruiting experience and they will be an asset to our program."

Emmert comes to the Horned Frogs after serving as the head coach of the RAM's Swim Club in Kingston, R.I., from 2002-09, while also managing volunteer assistant coaching duties at the his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, since 2007. Emmert also garnered coaching experience as head swim coach at North Kingstown High (2005-07), as well at the Newport County Boys and Girls Club (2006-07).

Among his swimmers, Emmert has coached a member of the National Junior Team, a pair of Olympic Trial qualifiers, Senior National qualifiers and U.S. Open qualifiers, while also teaching seven Junior National qualifiers.

While attending Rhode Island, Emmert lettered from 2001-04, serving as co-captain in the 2003-04 season. He earned the URI Coaches' Award in 2002 and was named the URI MVP in 2004. Emmert also claimed the Rams' school record in the 200-free.

Harrington arrives in Fort Worth after successful assistant coaching stints at Towson University and at the Merchant Marine Academy.

At Towson, Harrington helped lead the Tigers to their first two women's Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships in 2008 and 2009, breaking the school record for wins in each season. She also assisted in setting 43 Towson program records and eight CAA Championship meet records. Under her tutelage, 14 total Tigers earned All-CAA acclaim.

During Harrington's tenure at the Merchant Marine Academy, the Mariners won three straight Skyline Conference titles, broke 31 school records and sent 11 qualifiers to the NCAA Division III Championships, including three All-Americans. She also served as the Assistant Director of Aquatics and was a professional instructor for mandated courses.

A 2000 graduate of Ithaca College, Harrington was a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier. She set the school record in the 200-fly as a freshman and won the NSYWCAA title in the 400-individual medley as a sophomore. She still sits on the Bombers' top-five lists in the 200-fly and 400-IM.

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