Jon Poppe
Jon Poppe
Title: Assistant Coach - Secondary and Special Teams
Phone: (617) 496-6763
Previous College: Williams 2007
Recruits: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Experience: Sixth Season

Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, announced the hiring of Jon Poppe to coach the secondary and special teams units in 2018.

Poppe began his second stint as an assistant with Crimson in 2018, and 2019 represents his second season coaching the secondary and special teams units. He is in his sixth year overall with the Crimson.

Harvard capped the 2018 campaign by defeating Yale, 45-27, in the highest scoring episode of The Game. The Crimson earned 13 All-Ivy selections, including five on the first team, and finished 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the Ivy League. Wesley Ogsbury led the defense with six interceptions, while Jon Sot and Jake McIntyre were two of the top specialists in the Ivy League.

Poppe previously served as the assistant secondary coach at Harvard from 2011-15 where he led one of the most stifling units in the country. In each of his seasons in Cambridge, the Harvard defense ranked in the top 25 in the nation in scoring defense and led the nation in that category in 2014, when the Crimson went 10-0 and won its 16th Ivy League title. Harvard also won the conference championship in 2013. Thirteen Crimson defensive backs earned All-Ivy League accolades under Poppe.

Prior to returning to Harvard in 2018, Poppe was the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Columbia. The Lions defense was particularly stringent in 2017, ranking second in defensive scoring at 17.5 points per game. Columbia also led the league with 13 interceptions. In each of his last two seasons in New York City, Poppe's secondary unit led the Ivy League in pass defense. Seven Poppe-coached defensive backs earned All-Ivy honors in his three years at Columbia.

Prior to his time at Harvard, Poppe spent one year as the assistant secondary coach at Holy Cross in 2010. He arrived at Holy Cross after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Springfield College during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. At Springfield, he coached both the quarterbacks and the fullbacks, in addition to running the defensive scout team.

Poppe previously spent one season as an intern assistant coach at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., coaching the cornerbacks and special teams.

Poppe is a 2007 graduate of Williams College (Mass.). A three-year starter in the secondary for the Ephs, he earned First-Team All-NESCAC honors as a senior in addition to being selected All-East Region by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette. He made 24 tackles, defended nine passes and contributed two interceptions as a senior.