CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Bob Scalise, The Nichols Family Director of Athletics, and Harvard University are pleased to announce the endowment of the 16th head coach position: The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach.
Made possible through the donations of three former water polo captains -- Michael S. Graff, AB '73, John C. Hansen, Jr., AB '81 and MBA '85 and Peter J. Richards, AB '92 -- this is the fourth coaching endowment in the past 18 months and the 17th endowed position in the athletics department.
"Harvard Athletics is delighted to receive this latest endowment, and I am personally grateful to John, Mike, and Peter for their visionary support," Scalise said. "Endowing this position helps lay the foundation for the future success of the Harvard water polo programs. As we aim to attract and retain the best and brightest head coaches, securing endowments is crucial, and I hope the generosity of these three alumni will inspire others to follow suit."
A two-time team captain, Graff led Harvard's water polo club to compete with seven varsity teams in the 1972 Eastern NCAA Regionals, finishing second. He was named All-New England First Team for his efforts. Graff now serves as Chairman of the USA Water Polo Board of Directors.
Hansen served as the co-captain during the inaugural season of varsity men's water polo at Harvard. He was instrumental in the team finishing 9-6 during the 1980 season.
The co-captain of the 1991 squad, Richards, was a four-year letterwinner on the varsity team. He garnered All-New England second-team honors in 1988 and 1990, and he was named second team All-Ivy in 1990 and honorable mention in 1989.
Current men's and women's water polo head coach Ted Minnis will become the first Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach. Minnis just completed his third year at the helm of both programs, guiding each team to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships.
"This is a great day for Harvard Water Polo and the future of both the men's and women's programs," Minnis added. "I want to thank everyone who made this possible, and I am honored to be the Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach."