Angie Harrington may only have two daughters of her own, but she has been like a mother to hundreds, if not thousands, of kids in the Evergreen area. Whether she’s substituting in an elementary class or calling out times to the high school cross-country runners she coaches, Angie has taken on quite a few motherly roles in the community.
After growing up in a little beach town in California, Angie attended California State at Long Beach to procure a major in physical education. Throughout college, she was a member of the rowing team, also staying active by swimming and running. After graduation, she earned her teaching certificate and began teaching physical education classes in California. She also got her first coaching job, working with a local school as the swim coach. As she and her husband Greg moved around with their daughters Rachel and Alyse, she continued to help out with as a swim coach on her daughters’ teams. After spending time in both Northern California and Texas, Angie and her family finally landed in Evergreen. “We were happy to end up here,” she says.
Since moving to Evergreen, Angie has picked up quite a collection of jobs around the community. Because of her passion for physical activity, she worked at the sports equipment store, Paragon Sports and continues to work part-time for Boone Mountain Sports. She also spent time working as a substitute teacher at both Bergen elementary schools and Wilmot Elementary.
Because of her previous swim-coaching work, in 2008, Angie was asked to coach JV swimming at Evergreen High School. Then, in 2010, she took on the job of coaching the EHS girls’ cross-country team with co-coach, Brandy Erholtz. Angie says that she was an active runner in high school. “I was a little over [running] in college,” she says. “But I picked it up again right after school.” Angie had been good friends with the boy’s cross-country coach, Rob Wright, for years. Because both of her daughters had run cross-country, she had also helped Rob organize running events and gatherings. When the former girls’ coach, Niki DeBuhr, retired, she and Rob asked Angie to come on board.
Angie is passionate not only about the outdoors and staying active, but about all of the kids in the Evergreen community. “I’ve gotten used to a steady group of kids at the house,” she says. She has welcomed in swimmers, runners, and friends of both of her daughters throughout the years. “Parents in Evergreen do a hell of a job,” she says of being able to work with such fantastic kids. Angie has combined her passion for the outdoors and kids by working on the board of a new non-profit, Get Outside And Learn Something. The aim of GOALS is to raise money for programs that get kids out into the wilderness, especially through their multi-day rafting trips. Angie says that this three-year-old organization is ever-growing and a great way for kids of all ages to experience the great outdoors.
Angie’s passion for fitness and the youth of our community have helped her shape many students and athletes throughout the years. Even though both of her daughters are headed to college in the fall, Angie Harrington will always have a group of kids to take care of here in Evergreen.