Jonathan Delano joined the Harvard coaching staff in May 2013 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in February of 2014.
In his first season with the Crimson, Delano helped Harvard snap a two-year Ivy winless streak, leading the team to a second-place finish in the league and a 5-2-0 record in conference play. Four players earned All-Ivy League honors under his tutelage and the team more than doubled its win total from the 2012 season. Ross Friedman was selected by the Columbus Crew in the MLS SuperDraft following the season.
Delano's second season saw another increase in the win column, as Harvard went 11-4-2 overall. The Crimson's 4-1-2 Ivy record secured a second-straight top-three finish, and five total players earned All-Ivy recognition. Following the season, Hiroki Kobayashi signed with the Kitsap Pumas.
In his third season with the program, Harvard posted a 9-6-2 overall mark with its second five-win Ivy season in three years. Finishing second in the Ancient Eight, Harvard landed a conference-best eight players with All-Ivy recognition, led by first team nods for Jake Freeman and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu. The Crimson narrowly missed out on a trip to the NCAA men's soccer tournament, having posted numerous wins over top-50 teams in the RPI. Continuing to show a rise to prominence in the college soccer realm, the Crimson finished ranked 38th in the RPI. Delano was named the NSCAA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year in December, 2015 for his strong performance. Harvard tallied 10 wins in 2017, climbing into the top-15 nationally in the RPI. Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was a third-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft, making the roster for Atlanta United FC. Harvard ended its season with a nine-game unbeaten streak intact.
The men's soccer program continued to improve, registering 10 wins in his fourth year , climbing into the top-15 nationally in the RPI. Wheeler-Omiunu became the ninth Crimson player drafted, taken in the third round, 49th overall in the 2017 MLS Draft by Atlanta United FC. In 2017, he assisted in the recruitment of a talented group of six freshman that combined to play 5,160 minutes, and tally four goals ad four assists for 12 points for the Crimson. Sebastian Lindner-Liaw, who started 15 of 16 games at midfield in 2017, played the most minutes of the six first years and became the first freshman since 2014 to earn All-Ivy honors, garnering All-Ivy honorable mention accolades.
Delano comes to Cambridge after a successful career at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. A 2003 graduate of the institution, Delano began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, along with coaching local high school and club-level teams. He was elevated to head coach of the Dominican women’s team in 2006 and garnered two California Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards.
Due to his success with the women’s program, Delano was elevated to director of soccer in 2009, putting him in charge of both the men’s and women’s teams in their first year competing at the NCAA Division II level. Delano also had stints as the director of athletic development at Dominican, and the head men’s and women’s golf coach.
Delano was a two-sport athlete at Dominican, competing in soccer and basketball. He was born in nearby Santa Rosa, California, and is married to the former Tobey Glazier, who swam and played water polo at Bucknell. They reside in Beacon Hill.