Jay Harrington has been head coach of the Blue Storm men's basketball team since 1979. His SWIC record through the 2015-16 season is 764-439, and his overall coaching record is 841-481.
In 2015-16, the Blue Storm were defeated in the championship game of the Region 24/District 16 tournament, compiling a record of 27-6.
Coach Harrington has taken several teams to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Championship, including one team that placed fourth and one that placed sixth. Blue Storm squads are consistently ranked in national polls and perform well in the postseason.
Coach Harrington has served as the college's athletic director since 1980. He was the chairman of the NJCAA Division I Basketball Committee for 12 years and was president of the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association for eight years.
He and his wife, Patti Woods Harrington, have two daughters, Megan and Morgan.
Head Basketball Coach – Southwestern Illinois College 2015-Present.
Director of Athletics/Head Basketball Coach, Belleville Area College/Southwestern Illinois College 1979‑2014. Supervising three men's and four women's sports and intramural sports. Overall basketball record: 841-481..
Assistant Basketball Coach, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 1978‑79. Scouting, recruiting and offensive coordinator.
Head Basketball Coach/Agriculture Instructor, Wabash Valley College 1975‑78. Coaching men's basketball, teaching courses in the agriculture department. Record: 66‑33
Graduate Assistant Basketball Coach, Western Kentucky University 1973‑75. Scouting, recruiting, assistant coach‑varsity team, head coach‑junior varsity team. Record: 14‑3.
-FIBA International Coaching License 2016.
‑USA Basketball Collegiate Committee, 1992‑2000.
‑USA Basketball, Olympic Festival Assistant Coach, Gold Medal North Team, 1988.
-Assistant Coach, USA Basketball COPABA Pre-World Championships, 2001.
-Assistant Coach, USA Basketball World University Games, Gold Medal Winner, 1999.
-Head Coach, National Junior College All-Stars, USA Basketball Club Championships, 1991-93.
-Assistant Coach, NJCAA Australian Tour, 1997.
-Assistant Coach, NJCAA South American Tour, 1995.
-Assistant Coach, NJCAA Spain Tour, 1993.
-NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame, 2002.
-NACDA Athletic Director of the Year - Central Region, 2001.
-Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, 1999.
-NJCAA District 12 Coach of the Year 2006-2009.
‑Great Rivers Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, 1991, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015
‑Coach of the Year, NJCAA Region 24, 2015, 2013, 2008, 2006, 1988
‑Coach for Region XXIV West All‑Star Team 1987.
-Illinois Basketball Coaches Association "Coach of the Year" 1988, 2006, 2008
-Coach of the Year, NJCAA Region IV, 1978.
-Keynote Speaker – Southwestern Illinois College Graduation Ceremony, 2010.
-President, NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association, 1996-2000.
-Vice President, NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association, 1990-95.
-Secretary/Treasurer, NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association, 1988-90.
-NJCAA Region XXIV Men's Regional Director, 1994-2005.
‑NJCAA Region XXIV Assistant Regional Director 1983‑1994.
-President, Midwest Community College Athletic Conference, 1979-80 and 1983-85.
-President, Southern Illinois Athletic Conference, 1977-78.
-USA Basketball Collegiate Committee, (two terms) 1992-2000
-USA Basketball Regional Advisory Committee, 1993-95.
-NJCAA National Basketball Committee Division I Chairman, 1993-2005.
-NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame Committee, 1996-Present.
-NJCAA National Finance & Budget Committee, 1996-2002.
-NJCAA National Championship Events Committee, 1996-2002.
-NJCAA Region 24 Executive Committee, 1983-2002.
-NJCAA National Track & Field Committee, 1993-94.
-NJCAA National Tennis and Swimming & Diving Committee, 1990-92.
-NJCAA National Football Committee, 1989-90.
-NJCAA Region 24 Basketball Committee Chairman, 2008-2013 and 1983-1994.
-Sixth Place, NJCAA National Men’s Basketball Tournament, Region 24 Champions, 34-4, 2006.
-Fourth Place, NJCAA National Men's Basketball Tournament; Region 24 Champions, 28-8, 1988.
-Participant, NJCAA National Men’s Basketball Tournament 2009; 34-4 record.
-Great Rivers Conference Co-Champions, 25-8, ranked 13th in final national coaches poll, 1991.
-Region IV NJCAA Champions; Southern Illinois Conference Champions, 33-2, 1978.
-NJCAA Region IV Runner-up (Wabash Valley College), 1976.
-French Federation of Basketball Premier Coaching Degree, 1973.
‑International Professional ‑ French Federation of Basketball, LeMans, 1969‑70; Paris, France
‑Montana State University ‑ Honorable Mention, All‑Big Sky Conference, 1967‑69.
‑Lindsey Wilson College, All-Region, All-Conference, 1965‑67.
-Kentucky State High School Champions 1965. All-State.
-Kentucky State High School Runner-Ups 1964.