Rutger Wiese enters his fifth season as a member of the Harvard field hockey coaching staff in 2016. 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. The winning ways continued in 2015 with a 9-8 record, marking the first back-to-back winning seasons for the Crimson since 2003 and 2004.
In four seasons on the sidelines, Wiese has coached 15 All-Ivy League selections, including first team selections Kyla Cordrey '17 (2014) and Elizabeth Jacobson '16 (2015). Cordrey has also twice been selected to the NFHCA All-Northeast Region second team, joining 2013 honoree Marissa Balleza '17 and Jacobson in 2015.
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.