Finley, Harrington join USA Team Handball

Oct. 06, 2008, 12 a.m. (ET)

USA Team Handball today announced the appointment of its West regional director and public relations manager.  

Brian Finley, a graduate of Cal State Northridge with an extensive background in recreational sports management, is the second regional director to be appointed. Finley will supervise USA Team Handball's operations across 10 western states from his office in West Hills, California.  

Finley has played, coached and managed numerous sports - including American favorites baseball, basketball, football and hockey - in addition to running a family business. Finley will play an integral role in developing handball's framework in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming through the foundation of club teams and college programs.  

"Hopefully, I will see an infrastructure built that will help win gold medals in the Olympics," he said. "To have a chance to be in it at the ground level and watch it grow and take off; that's what's really exciting."  

Lauren Harrington, a recent graduate of Purdue University, will work as USA Team Handball's public relations manager in the national office in Salt Lake City. Harrington brings experience from newspaper content production, television news writing and music industry publicity, and dedicated herself to the Olympic movement after working as a media liaison at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  

As public relations manager, Harrington will work to increase team handball's presence in the media in addition to maintaining communication with federation members and managing content on USA Team Handball's website.  

"Brian (Finley) has the relationships with facilities, sponsors, recreation districts and leagues to grow handball participation in the West exponentially," said USA Team Handball general manager Steve Pastorino. "Lauren (Harrington) is a rising public relations professional who will devote her time, writing ability and creative mind to our national communications strategy. I am excited to have them both on board."