Endowed Athletic Department Positions

Harvard is grateful to the alumni/ae and friends who have established endowed positions. These gifts honor the great tradition of athletic and academic excellence embodied by generations of Harvard student-athletes, and enable future generations to pursue these noble ideals.

A gift of $2 million will establish a named head coach endowment. In much the same way that an endowed chair supports a university professor, Harvard's 28 endowed athletic positions within the Department of Athletics help provide the financial support for the Crimson's 42 varsity intercollegiate teams and free unrestricted funds to benefit the Department of Athletics and the College as a whole. Twenty-three of the endowed positions within the Department of Athletics are head coaching positions; two are newly-established Coach of Excellence endowments; and the other two are earmarked for Harvard's Director of Athletics and the Executive Director of the Harvard Varsity Club.

28 Current Endowments as of June 25, 2019:

Athletic Director - The John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics

Harvard Varsity Club Executive Director - The Broadbent Family Executive Director of the Harvard Varsity Club in Honor of William S. Broadbent, Jr. '06

The James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence

The Ragatz Family Harvard Women's Coach of Excellence

Baseball The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 MBA '71 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball

Basketball (Men's) - The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball

Basketball (Women's) - The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball Head Coach

Crew, Heavyweight (Men's) – The Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew

Crew, Lightweight (Men's) The Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew

Crew, Heavyweight (Women's) - The Friends of Radcliffe Rowing Head Coach for Women's Heavyweight Crew

Football The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football

Golf (Men’s & Women’s) The Paul M. Weissman '52 Director of Harvard Golf

Golf (Men's) - The Bobby Jones ’24 Coach for Harvard Men's Golf, endowed by the Mehra Family

Ice Hockey (Men’s) The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey (Women’s) The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey

Lacrosse (Men’s) The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse

Lacrosse (Women's) – The Carole Kleinfelder Head Coach for Harvard Women's Lacrosse

Skiing, Alpine & Nordic (Men’s & Women’s) The Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing

Soccer (Men’s) The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer

Soccer (Women's) - The Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer

Squash (Men’s & Women’s) The Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University

Swimming & Diving (Men’s) The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming & Diving

Swimming & Diving (Women’s) The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving

Tennis (Men’s) The Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis

Tennis (Women's) - The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis

Track, Field & Cross Country The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country

Water Polo (Men’s & Women’s) The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach

Wrestling The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling


The following positions are available to be endowed:

  • Women’s Lightweight Crew Head Coach
  • Men’s and Women’s Fencing Head Coach
  • Field Hockey Head Coach
  • Women’s Rugby Head Coach
  • Sailing Head Coach
  • Men’s and Women’s Alpine Skiing Head Coach
  • Softball Head Coach
  • Men’s Volleyball Head Coach
  • Women’s Volleyball Head Coach
  • Director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance
  • Director of Strength & Conditioning

A new way to recognize coaches is a Coach of Harvard Excellence Award, also endowed at $2 million. This honor has been created to recognize significant achievements in teaching and coaching by outstanding Harvard coaches, and will be awarded periodically by the Athletic Director.