|Title:||Assistant Coach - Secondary|
|Alma Mater:||Williams 2007|
|Recruits:||Recruiting Areas: Alaska, Northern California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming|
Jon Poppe joined the Harvard football staff in August 2011 and enters his fifth season as an assistant coach in 2015. Poppe works with Harvard’s defensive secondary and recruits in Alaska, Northern California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Last season, the Crimson's secondary was one of the premiere units in the country, helping Harvard finish 10-0 and earn the program's 16th conference championship. Harvard ranked first in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 points allowed per game), three members of the secondary earned All-Ivy status, including Norman Hayes and Sean Ahern, who garnered first-team status.
In 2013, the secondary helped Harvard claim its 15th Ivy League title while earning four All-Ivy League honors. Among the quartet was Norman Hayes, a first-team selection, who tied for 16th nationally with three forced fumbles. The foursome helped the Crimson rank 25th in the nation in scoring defense at 22.7 points allowed per game, while Harvard blanked Columbia for the second-straight season and held five of its opponents to 21 points or fewer.
In 2012, three Harvard defensive backs earned All-Ivy League recognition. Among that group was Chris Splinter, who picked off five passes and tied for fifth nationally with 0.5 interceptions per game. The secondary helped the Crimson rank eighth nationally in scoring defense at 17.4 points allowed per game.
A year earlier, in Poppe’s first season, Harvard ranked 21st nationally in pass efficiency defense and fifth in scoring defense, surrendering just 17.1 points per contest.
Prior to his time at Harvard, Poppe spent a year as the assistant secondary coach at Holy Cross in 2010. Poppe came to Holy Cross after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Springfield College during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He coached both the quarterbacks and the fullbacks, in addition to running the defensive scout team.
Poppe previously spent one season as an intern assistant coach at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., coaching the cornerbacks and special teams.
Poppe is a 2007 graduate of Williams College. A three-year starter in the secondary for the Ephs, he earned first team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors as a senior in addition to being selected All-East Region by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette.