Ed Farrington has headed Western’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics since 1986.
A native of Rutherford, NJ, Farrington played football at and graduated from Southern Connecticut in 1966.
He was a graduate assistant football and basketball coach at Sam Houston (Tex.) State, where he received his Master’s. 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 HS 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 is a former member of the Executive Committee for the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA) and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Little East Conference.
At Western, he oversees a program that includes about 300 student-athletes in 14 varsity sports.
Western added field hockey for the 2005 season. In 2004, men’s lacrosse was added as a varsity sport. In 1998, women’s lacrosse was added to the Colonials’ slate. Women’s soccer was added in 1994 and women’s swimming and diving during the winter of 1996.
During Farrington’s tenure, the university’s campus has grown extensively. Therefore, the athletic program has grown along with it. The construction of the Westside Athletic Complex is the latest in a lengthy list of athletic facilities on the school’s Westside campus. The stadium, which is surfaced by the state-ofthe-art Sprint Turf, seats 2,500 fans. Six new tennis courts were completed on the school’s Westside campus during the summer of 2001.
In January of 1995, the William A. O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center opened. The arena, named after former WCSU President Stephen Feldman, has a capacity of 2,700 for the Colonials’ men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams. The O’Neill Center was the home of the NCAADivision III Women’s Basketball semi-finals and finals from 1999 through 2001.
Western’s swim team is also housed in the O’Neill Natatorium, a six-lane, 25-yard pool that has a three and one-meter diving boards.
In the Spring of 1996, Western welcomed the opening of its new softball and baseball complexes on the Westside. The softball facility seats 500 in its bleachers, but can host nearly 1,000 guests on “the hill.” The baseball complex is adjacent to the new football/soccer/lacrosse field on the Westside. Over 800 fans can be accommodated for home baseball games.
Farrington was the impetus behind Western Connecticut being selected to host the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Four for three years.
Western’s acceptance into the Freedom Football Conference in 1992 and The Little East, in 1993, further enhanced the stature of Western Athletics.
In 2002, Western Connecticut’s football program was accepted as an affiliate member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference and began play in the highly competitive league in the fall of 2004.
Farrington resides in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife Linda.