Rutger Wiese enters his fourth season as a member of the Harvard field hockey coaching staff in 2015. Wiese began with Harvard as a volunteer assistant in 2012, before being named a full-time assistant coach in 2013.
Harvard's field hockey program has seen a shift in success under the current coaching regime that Wiese has been an integral part of. In 2014, Wiese's third season, the Crimson finished the year with a 10-7, 4-3 Ivy League record. The 10 victories were the most for Harvard since 2004, while the above-.500 conferece record was the first since 2007.
Individually, the Crimson have had 10 All-Ivy League selections and two all-region honorees in Wiese's first three seasons. Marissa Balleza was named NFHCA All-Northeast Region second team in 2013, while Kyla Cordrey earned that honor in 2014.
Wiese's coaching experience is highlighted by a seven-year
stint as head coach at Indiana University Pennsylvania from
2003-09. He guided IUP to a 96-39 (.711) record, which ranks
him first in career wins and winning
percentage for the program. The Division II squad appeared in three
NCAA final fours (2004, '06, '07) and two quarterfinals (2005,
'08). He also led IUP to a conference title in 2007.
Wiese is currently the head coach of the Junior Men's East Coast High Performance Training Center team, a position he has held since 2011. He helped the squad to a national championship in his first year.
Wiese is also an assistant coach with the USA men's national team. He was part of the staff in 2013 when the red, white and blue finished fourth at the Pan American Cup in Toronto.
As a player, Wiese has a wealth of international experience. He won three Netherlands national championships (1999, 2000, '02) with HC Bloemendaal and was part of GHHC Groneingen's Overgangsklasse Champions team in 1996. Wiese also owns a European silver medal from 2000 and a gold medal from 2001. In 2010, he led Menzieshill HC to the Scottish National Indoor Championship.