CIAA Welcomes Harrington Smith as Associate Commissioner for Championships & Brand Management


Charlotte, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Harrington Smith as the Associate Commissioner for Championships and Brand Management

Harrington is a proud alumnus of Johnson C. Smith University. While attending Johnson C. Smith University he pursued a degree in Sports Management. “I chose to major in sports management because of the passion and love I have for sports & entertainment”, stated Smith. His very first internship was with MC3 Sports & Entertainment Group working for CIAA Hospitality Ambassadors Program where he trained volunteers to serve as ambassadors during the CIAA Basketball Tournament.

The Daytona, Florida native has served in several capacities within the Sports & Entertainment Industry. He was the assistant athletic director at Mainland High School, Daytona Beach, FL, and Event Operations/Production Manager with MC3 Sports & Entertainment Group, Charlotte, NC. 

In addition, Harrington brings extensive knowledge in a multitude of areas, including branding, event operations, strategic marketing, social media, and management.

“We are excited to add Harrington to the CIAA family. His experience, leadership, and vision will help the exposure of our student-athletes through championships and branding for the conference,” said Senior Associate Commissioner for Internal Operations & Business Administration Marcus Clarke. “Harrington’s experience at the conference level as well as knowledge of CIAA championship protocols will give him a unique perspective that will be a great asset for us,” says Marcus Clarke. 

About the CIAA
Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first African-American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 13 member institutions: Bluefield State University, Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. For more information on the CIAA, visit For more information on the CIAA Basketball Tournament, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.