ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Mike Donovan
Mike Donovan
Title: Assistant Coach - Defensive Line
Phone: (617) 384-5318
Email: mdonovan01@fas.harvard.edu
Alma Mater: Bentley 2011
Recruits: Recruiting Areas: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia
Experience: Second Season

Mike Donovan rejoined the Harvard football staff as an assistant coach in March 2014 and enters his second season with the Crimson in 2015. His recruiting areas include Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia.

Donovan, who served as an assistant football operations coordinator at Harvard from 2011-12, works with the defensive line in his second stint with the Crimson.

In 2014, the Crimson posted the program's 17th undefeated, untied record, going 10-0 overall and winning the team's 16th Ivy title. The defensive line was at the center of the championship run, helping the Crimson rank first in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 points allowed per game) and fourth in rushing defense (86.8 yards allowed per game). Zack Hodges was named the co-recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, as Ivy Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and was one of three defensive linemen to be named to the All-Ivy team.

Donovan, a native of Stoughton, Mass., was previously a defensive quality control assistant at Delaware for the 2013 season, helping the Blue Hens finish with a 7-5 overall mark. While at Delaware, Donovan oversaw film breakdown and organizing official recruiting visits.

A 2011 graduate from Bentley with a degree in corporate finance and accounting, he earned his master’s degree in taxation from Bentley later that year. He began his coaching career at Stoughton High School, serving as defensive line and wide receivers coach in 2009. He then worked with the wide receivers as a student coach at Bentley in 2010.