Promoted to associate head coach on Oct. 3, 2013, Mike Calise enters his seventh total season with the Crimson in 2014. Calise rejoined the women’s soccer staff as an assistant coach in March 2010 after previously serving in Cambridge during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Calise reunited with head coach Ray Leone at Harvard after
working together at Arizona State from 2000-04.
"Mike has been an integral part of our program's success for quite some time," said Leone at the announcement of his promotion. "He is one of the top recruiters and coaches in the country and this promotion is well deserved."
Calise earned the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013 after helping Harvard to its 11th Ivy League title, wrapping its conference slate with a perfect 7-0 record for the first time since 1999. Margaret “Midge” Purce was named the Ivy League Rookie and Player of the Year, as well as a unanimous selection to the Ancient Eight first team. Senior captain Peyton Johnson (unanimous) and sophomore Haley Washburn also earned first team accolades, headlining seven total Crimson student-athletes to garner conference honors.
In 2012, Calise and Harvard posted its third straight winning season since Calise rejoined the program, going 9-5-3 overall. Meg Casscells-Hamby earned All-Ivy League first team honors, while four other players garnered all-conference selections.
During the 2011 season, Calise and the Crimson won the
program’s 10th Ivy League title and returned to the NCAA
tournament. Harvard posted a 10-1 record at home and went unbeaten
in its final 10 games of the regular season (9-0-1). The Crimson
owned a 6-0-1 record in Ivy games, going unbeaten for the first
time in conference action since 1999. In addition, Melanie Baskind
was named Ivy League Player of the Year and was on the All-Ancient
Eight first team along with Peyton Johnson and Lindsey Kowal.
In his first season back with Harvard in 2010, Calise helped Harvard to a 9-7-1 overall record and 4-3-0 mark in the Ivy League. The Crimson earned four selections to the All-Ivy League first team, including conference Player of the Year Katherine Sheeleigh '11, marking the most first-team selections for the program since 1999. Harvard also boasted the league's top two scorers (Sheeleigh and Melanie Baskind '12) and led the conference in goals with 31.
Calise, who most recently was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Boston College, was the top assistant coach with the Crimson during his previous tenure at Harvard. During his time in Cambridge, he helped to organize a defense which finished the 2005 season as the ninth ranked defense in the nation (0.473 goals against per game) and was fifth in the nation in shutout percentage with a school record 11 shutouts in 16 matches.
Prior to Harvard, Calise spent four years at Arizona State, where he was elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2004 season. Calise brought two top-10 classes to the Sun Devils, including a school-best No.4 national ranking for the 2002 class by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz.
Calise's on and off the field performances have been noted nationally as he was selected as one of the nation's five women's soccer collegiate assistant coaches to be awarded the second annual AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. The criteria is based on longevity, expertise, contributions to the school and community, and special achievements throughout their careers. In 2002, he was also selected to receive Nike/April Heinrichs Coaching Education Award.
Over his four-year tenure as an assistant coach under Leone in Tempe, the Sun Devils achieved an overall record of 43-29-8, and twice qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In 2003, Calise assisted the Sun Devils to the second-round of the NCAA Championship for the third time in the four years and recorded the highest winning percentage in school history (.690). The Sun Devils also set another school mark as they finished the season ranked in the top-25 by all four major polls.
Prior to Arizona State, Calise was at Princeton, where he helped build the Tigers into a nationally-prominent program, leading them to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1983 and their first Ivy League crown since 1982. Instrumental in the team's success, Calise assisted Princeton to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000.
Calise earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Boston College in 1997, where he was a four-year member of the men's soccer team. He was also a member of the Eagles' 1995 Big East championship team.