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All-Time Coaching Register and Quick Facts

Tenure Coach Seasons W L Pct.
1980-1983 Steve Pike 4 70 28 .714
1984 Joe Bernal 1 14 11 .560
1985-1990 Chris Hafferty 6 99 64 .607
1991 Robert Webster 1 11 11 .500
1992-1993 Andy Freed ’90 2 28 16 .636
1994-1997 Don Benson ’88 4 53 45 .541
1998-2002 Jim Floerchinger 5 92 59 .609
2003 Scott Russell 1 4 14 .222
2004-2009 Erik Farrar 6 61 81 .430
2010-Present Ted Minnis 4 55 69 .461
  Totals: 34 487 398 .550
Individual Seasons: Overall CWPA-North New Englands Northern Div. CWPA Championship
Year Head Coach W L W L      
1980 Steve Pike 9 6 - - Second - Fifth
1981 Steve Pike 22 6 - - Second - Sixth
1982 Steve Pike 20 8 - - Second - Fifth
1983 Steve Pike 19 8 - - Second - Sixth
1984 Joe Bernal 14 11 - - Second - Seventh
1985 Chris Hafferty 17 8 - - Second - Sixth
1986 Chris Hafferty 14 16 - - Second - Eighth
1987 Chris Hafferty 17 7 - - Second - Eighth
1988 Chris Hafferty 19 8 - - Second - Seventh
1989 Chris Hafferty 17 15 - - Second - Fourth
1990 Chris Hafferty 15 10 - - Fourth - Fourth
1991 Robert Webster 11 11 - - - - -
1992 Andrew Freed ’90 16 9 - - Third - Sixth
1993 Andrew Freed ’90 12 7 - - Fifth - -
1994 Don Benson ’88 14 11 - - - Fourth Seventh
1995 Don Benson ’88 14 10 - - - Fifth -
1996 Don Benson ’88 15 8 - - - Fifth -
1997 Don Benson ’88 10 16 - - - Fifth -
1998 Jim Floerchinger 12 19 5 6 - Fifth -
1999 Jim Floerchinger 14 12 11 9 - Seventh -
2000 Jim Floerchinger 22 11 7 3 - Fourth Sixth
2001 Jim Floerchinger 25 9 7 3 - Third Third
2002 Jim Floerchinger 19 8 11 1 - Fifth -
2003 Scott Russell 4 14 2 5 - Fifth -
2004 Erik Farrar 12 10 6 1 - Second Fourth
2005 Erik Farrar 11 14 5 2 - Third Seventh
2006 Erik Farrar 13 12 -1 tie 5 2 - Third Seventh
2007 Erik Farrar 14 16 6 1 - Third Fourth
2008 Erik Farrar 4 12 3 5 - Sixth -
2009 Erik Farrar 7 17 3 3 - Fifth -
2010 Ted Minnis 12 16 2 5 - Fifth -
2011 Ted Minnis 10 20 1 5   Fourth Seventh
2012 Ted Minnis 15 19 4 2 - Third Seventh
2013 Ted Minnis 18 14 11 1 - Second Sixth
Quick Facts
  • Water polo has been played at Harvard since as early as 1902, when matches would be contested at swim meets. It existed sporadically with official or club sport status from the early 1900s through 1979, sometimes being discontinued for years because of a shortage of players or lack of practice facilities.
  • The first-ever Harvard men’s varsity water polo match took place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1980. Held in Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, the Wildcats of the University of New Hampshire traveled to Boston to take part in this historic contest. The Crimson pulled out a dominating 19-1 victory.
  • On Sept 26, 1980, a significant step towards building the Crimson program was taken when Harvard went up against UCLA, the NCAA runner-up from the year before. UCLA won, 29-5.
  • Harvard began playing in 1980 as a Division II team.
  • From 1980 to 1992, the top-two finishers at the New England Championships were advanced to the Eastern Championships.
  • Before the 1993 season, the New England Water Polo Association and a number of other small associations were merged to form the Eastern Water Polo Association, which changed its name to the Collegiate Water Polo Association in 1996 to reflect the geography of its member teams. The CWPA is divided into a Northern and Southern Division, and the top four teams from each division’s championship are advanced to the Eastern Championships. Harvard has played in the CWPA Northern Division from 1993 through 2010.
  • Three Harvard water polo players have earned All-American distinctions in the history of the program: Mike Masterson ’03, Rick Offsay ’05 and Mike Zimmerman ’99.
  • 23 of the team’s 34 seasons through 2012-13 have finished with winning records.
  • Harvard’s 100 matches played against Brown are the most of any school in the program’s history through 2012.
  • A second-place finish at the 2004 EWPA Northern Championships was the program’s best showing at the event.
  • Harvard’s best postseason finish was at the Eastern Championships in 2001 where it placed third.