Women's Basketball Celebrates 10 Years of Honorary Coach Program

The Harvard women's basketball team began the Honorary Coach program in 2000 to help integrate the athletic and academic communities at Harvard. Each year outstanding individuals who have impacted our student athletes' experiences are invited to get an intimate view of what it means to be an athlete at Harvard.

Honorary Coaches need to know nothing about basketball. Your "duties" are merely to be with the team in the locker room for Coach Delaney-Smith's pre-game speech, sit with the team on the Harvard bench, listen in on the huddles and game strategy as much as you like, and most importantly, cheer and  have a good time!
The Crimson tradition is to have two Honorary Coaches at each Ivy League home game of the season.  Here is what a few of the past Honorary Coaches had to say about the program.

"I had a delightful time as an honorary coach! It was wonderful to see how invested everyone was in each other -- and especially how well they took criticism at half-time. (It even helped me to look at criticism more positively in my own life.) I haven't been involved in team sports of any kind since junior high and loved observing the supportive atmosphere from behind the scenes. I also always immensely enjoy being a part of my students' lives outside of class."
-- Courtney Bucher, Department of History

"Thank you for your invitation to attend the game versus U of Pennsylvania as an honorary coach. The opportunity to meet so many talented and wonder­ful student-athletes was truly an honor and a privilege - a privilege that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would also like to thank you, your coaching staff, players and managers for your extremely warm and friendly manner. I felt very much at home, welcome and completely involved at all times."
-- Dale Winter, Department of Mathematics

"Lots of universities brag about their student-athletes, but at Harvard the term actually means something. Our coaches show real respect for the academic side of their athletes' lives, and work hard to help them have an integrated experience here. An example is the women's basketball team's "honorary coach" program."
-- J. Richard Hackman , Department of Psychology

"I really appreciate being an Honorary Coach for the team. Last night was an extremely memorable event. I think the team has a great combination of concern for each other and focused excellence under pressure...Everyone's sports­manship is wonderful."
-- Ben Bolger, Graduate School of Design


Left: Miram Rutzen, Victoria Lippert, and Jasmine Evans.  Right: Claire Wheeler with Laura Schlosberg, Resident Dean of Mather House.
Left: Emma Markey with Richard Hackman, Department of Psychology, Emma Golen and Christine Mater. Right: Emma Markley with Roger Porter, Dunster House Master and Caitlin Rowland.