ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Scott Larkee
Scott Larkee
Title: Asst. Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Linebacker Coach
Phone: (617) 495-2207
Email: slarkee@fas.harvard.edu
Alma Mater: Harvard 1999
Recruits: Recruiting Areas: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Experience: Ninth Season

Former All-Ivy League linebacker Scott Larkee, the Gridiron Club of Boston's 2012 Assistant Coach of the Year, is in his seventh season as defensive coordinator at Harvard and his ninth total season across two stints as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2015.

Harvard's defense remained one of the preeminent units in the country in 2014. The Crimson ranked first in scoring defense (12.3 points allows per game) and fourth in rushing defense (86.3 yards per game). Zack Hodges was named the recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Year, as the Crimson completed a perfect 10-0 season en route to the program's 16th Ivy championship. Harvard held its first eight opponents under 18 points and blanked Columbia for the third consecutive year.

In 2013, Larkee's defense helped the Crimson to its 15th Ivy League crown. Harvard's rushing defense, which allowed 97.3 yards per game, ranked sixth in the nation and atop the Ivy League while its scoring defense (22.7 points per game) came in at 25th. Behind the 2013 Asa S. Busnell Cup recipient, Zack Hodges, the Crimson recovered 13 fumbles to tie for 15th nationally and lead the Ancient Eight. 

Larkee led one of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision’s top defenses in 2012. The Crimson led the nation in rushing defense (69.4 yards allowed per game) and sacks (4.2 per game) while ranking eighth nationally in scoring defense (17.4 points allowed per game). Harvard held six of its 10 opponents to 14 points or fewer, and three of those opponents—including shutout victim Columbia—scored seven points or fewer.

A year earlier, Larkee's defense ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense and sixth against the rush, behind Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Josue Ortiz. In each of Larkee’s five seasons guiding the defense, Harvard has placed at least two defensive players on the All-Ivy League first team and has totaled 39 All-Ivy mentions (14 first-team selections, 15 second-team picks, 10 honorable mentions).

A 1999 Harvard graduate, Larkee is in the eighth season of his current tour of duty with the Crimson. He returned to his alma mater in 2007, coaching the running backs while serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. In 2008, he assumed the team's special teams coordinator position and also worked with the linebackers. In 2009, Larkee took over as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Larkee is responsible for recruiting the northeastern United States including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Since Larkee began working with Harvard's linebackers in 2008, Crimson players at that position have accounted for 11 All-Ivy League selections.

Larkee previously served as an assistant coach for the Crimson's 2001 Ivy League championship team. He coached the outside linebackers for Harvard’s 9-0 squad, its first since 1913 to go unbeaten and untied.

Before returning to Cambridge, Larkee had been a graduate assistant at Boston College, helping the Eagles to back-to-back bowl appearances.

Larkee had a brief stint as a defensive assistant at Columbia, which came on the heels of a three-year tenure as an assistant at Division III Bates College. He served as the Bobcats' special teams coordinator, linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coordinator from 2002 to ’04.

Larkee also has served as an assistant at Bowdoin College for the 1999 and 2000 seasons and was a player/coach with Les Cougars de St. Ouen l'Aumone (a French club team) in 2001.

A second-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, Larkee graduated from Harvard in third place on the Crimson's career tackles chart (243). He recorded 98 tackles with six pass breakups and was a starter on Harvard's 1997 Ivy League championship team. Larkee also earned the team's Henry N. Lamar Award, given to the Harvard football senior who, through dedication to the program and concern for his fellow man, has made a unique contribution to the team.

Larkee holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Harvard.

Larkee and his wife, former Crimson field hockey All-American Judy (Collins) Larkee ’99, live in Norwood, Mass., with daughters Shea (7) and Maureen (4) and sons Sam (6), Joe (3) and Mike (1).