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Ahmed Ibrahim has completed his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Harvard men's volleyball team.
Ibrahim helped Harvard to unprecedented success in 2012 as the Crimson earned the program’s first-ever national ranking and finished the year at No. 15 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Harvard posted an 18-6 overall record on the year, the third most wins in program history, and finished second in the EIVA with a 10-4 conference mark.
Harvard ranked seventh in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.298), eighth in win percentage (.750) and 11th in aces per set (1.13) in 2012. Individually, Senior Matt Jones ’12 ranked ninth in kills (3.38) and aces (0.42), while sophomore Chris Gibbons ’14 was eighth in digs (2.47). Harvard also posted its first win over a ranked opponent under Baise with a 3-1 defeat of then-No. 12 Cal State Northridge.
Three Crimson earned All-EIVA honors as a result of the team’s success, including senior Jones (first team), freshman DJ White ’15 (first team) and junior Rob Lothman ’13 (second team).
In 2013, Ibrahim and the Crimson continued on the road to success earning a national ranking on Feb. 25 at No. 14 in the AVCA Poll. Harvard finished second at the EIVA postseason tournament and posted its third 18-win season that included the program's first defeat of EIVA leader Penn State, 3-0, Feb. 15 and second victory over a ranked opponent under Baise.
As a result of the team's success in 2013, four Crimson earned All-EIVA accolades, the most since the 1993 squad, including White (first team), classmate Caleb Zimmick (second team), senior Rob Lothman (second team) and junior Kyle Rehkemper (second team). Lothman capped off his campaign in Cambridge as Harvard's all-time leader in assists (3,094), while White and Zimmick moved among the program's top 10 in five different statistical categories as sophomores.
Harvard earned multiple program-bests in 2014 including its highest AVCA national ranking at No. 13 Jan. 6. After posting the most EIVA wins in program history with an 11-3 mark, another record was set as five Crimson garnered All-EIVA accolades. White, who picked up his third first team nod, was joined by senior Nick Madden and Zimmick. Rehkemper was named to the second team along with freshman Nick Bendell who also was tabbed to Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-America Team. Along the way to a 15-8 record, the Crimson ranked fourth in the nation in digs per set (10.08) and 13th in hitting percentage (.289). Individually, Zimmick posted the sixth-best hitting percentage (.440) in the country and sat 17th on the blocks list while Chris Gibbons came in at seventh on the nation’s digs list (2.25). Harvard’s five graduating seniors, Will Chambers, Gibbons, Madden, Michael Owen and Rehkemper, each etched their names in the Crimson’s record book.
The Crimson earned a fourth-consecutive trip to the EIVA Championships in 2015, finishing second in conference play at 7-5, and tied the program's all-time highest ranking at No. 13 Feb. 9. Harvard received three selections to the All-EIVA first team in seniors DJ White and Caleb Zimmick and junior Branden Clemens, with Zimmick earning honorable mention All-America honors for the second-straight season. White finished his senior season as the first student-athlete in Harvard history to accumulate 1,000 kills and 500 digs. The Crimson ranked seventh in the country as a team in digs per set (9.66), 11th in hitting percentage (.277), and 12th in blocks per set (2.48).
The successes continued in 2016 as Harvard reached the EIVA Tournament for a fifth-straight year and finished the campaign at 13-11 overall, 9-6 in conference. Harvard earned a straight-set win over then 15th-ranked Saint Francis (PA) on his home court, helping the team to a 7-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center for the year. The Crimson ranked ninth in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.298), 15th in aces per set (1.31) and 17th in blocks per set (2.19), while Clemens, an All-America honorable mention selection, ranked 18th in kills per set (3.65) and 24th in hitting percentage (.320).
Ibrahim joined Baise's coaching staff in 2011 after coaching the intramural and club volleyball teams at Princeton University. He also served as a program specialist at the Central New Jersey Volleyball Academy
Ibrahim has 13 years of professional volleyball experience with the National Volleyball League of Egypt. From 2001-06, he played for the Sharkia Egyptian National League Team in Cairo, where the team qualified for Divison A every year. Prior to that, Ibrahim played for the Semoha National League team in Alexandria for four years.
Ibrahim graduated with honors from Suez Canal University in Egypt in 2001 with a degree in physical education and a specialization in volleyball coaching. Upon graduation, he was recognized by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, President Mubarak, for being one of the top 10 students in his field and was awarded a position consulting on health and fitness for the Egyptian Ministry of Youth.