|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
Brian DeStefano was promoted to associate head coach in July of 2013 after spending six seasons as an assistant on Tommy Amaker’s staff.
At Harvard, DeStefano is responsible for the team's post players and coordinates opponent scouting. During his tenure, he has helped Harvard to five consecutive 20-win seasons, four consecutive Ivy League championships and three straight trips to the NCAA tournament
DeStefano served as the team's recruiting coordinator during the 2009-10 campaign, and still maintains a strong role in that area. He currently handles much of the logistics around the Crimson basketball team, including film breakdown and video analysis. DeStefano also coordinates the Basketball Academy at Harvard as well as the Harvard Basketball Coaches Clinic.
In his third season with the Crimson in 2009-10, the team won 21 games, including 10 Ivy League contests, and earned a spot in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament. Forward Kyle Casey '13-14 earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, averaging 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Having worked primarily with the team's perimeter players during his first two seasons, DeStefano also assisted with the development of unanimous first team All-Ivy selection Jeremy Lin '10. Lin became the first player in Ivy League history to record at least 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists, and 200 steals for his career, and currently is a member of the Houston Rockets.
The Crimson was even better during the 2010-11 campaign, as Harvard won a then-program record 23 games and earned a share of its first Ivy title, going 12-2 in league play. The Crimson was rewarded with a berth in the NIT for the first time in school history. Four Crimson players earned All-Ivy selections, including starting postmen Keith Wright '12 and Casey. Wright highlighted the All-Ivy selections, being named Ivy Player of the Year and unanimous first team All-Ivy after averaging 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest. Wright was also honored as an All-American by the Associated Press.
In 2011-12, DeStefano helped guide Harvard to its second straight Ivy League title, as well as the team's first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1946. The Crimson broke the school record for victories (26) for the third straight season, and was ranked as high as No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and No. 22 in the AP poll. Harvard also won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and three players received All-Ivy League honors, including the starting frontcourt of Wright and Casey.
Harvard posted its fourth straight 20-win season in 2012-13, finishing 20-10 overall and 11-3 in the Ivy League, en route to the program's third consecutive conference crown. The Crimson upset third-seeded New Mexico in the second round of the NCAA tournament, earning the first postseason win in team history. Wesley Saunders '15 and Siyani Chambers '16 were tabbed to the All-Ivy League first team, with Chambers also being named Ivy Rookie of the Year.
Harvard's ascent continued in 2013-14, as the 12th-seeded Crimson knocked off fifth-seeded Cincinnati in the NCAA tournament second round, and nearly pulled off an upset of fourth-seeded Michigan State to reach the Sweet 16. Harvard finished the year with a 27-5 overall record and a 13-1 mark in the Ivy League, setting program bests for both overall victories and conference victories, and also captured the title at the Great Alaska Shootout along the way. Additionally, a record six Crimson were named to the All-Ivy League teams, including Saunders' selection as player of the year.
DeStefano came to Harvard from Duke University where he had most recently served as graduate assistant/head team manager for the men's basketball team under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. As a graduate assistant, DeStefano was responsible for film breakdown and exchange, scouting of opponents and player development. He also managed the scheduling of community service opportunities for players. In his first year on the Blue Devils' staff, Duke won the 2006 ACC regular season and tournament championships.
A 2005 Duke graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in political science, DeStefano completed his masters in the same field in 2007.
While a student at Duke, DeStefano spent four years as a manager for the Blue Devils and in 2005, he was awarded the team's Gopal Varadhan Senior Manager Award. As a manager, DeStefano assisted with the day-to-day operations of the basketball program, and also served as the program's film exchange coordinator. He was a member of the 2004 team that advanced to the Final Four. He was also a part of the 2002, 2003 and 2005 ACC Tournament champions.
During his time at Duke, DeStefano had the opportunity to work with current NBA players Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Mike Dunleavy, JJ Redick, Shelden Williams, Dahntay Jones, Chris Duhon, Gerald Henderson, and Josh McRoberts.
In addition to his team duties, DeStefano has worked a number of basketball camps including Coach K's Basketball Camp as an assistant to the director, the St. John's (Washington, D.C.) Basketball Camp, The K Academy Fantasy Camp and the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp held at The College of New Jersey.
DeStefano is a graduate of St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. where he played basketball for his father, legendary coach Paul DeStefano.