Scott Larkee
Scott Larkee
Title: Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Linebacker Coach
Phone: (617) 495-2207
Previous College: Harvard 1999
Recruits: Canada, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Experience: 14th Season

Former All-Ivy League linebacker Scott Larkee, the Gridiron Club of Boston's 2012 Assistant Coach of the Year, is in his 12th season as defensive coordinator at Harvard in 2020, and his 14th total season across two stints as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

During the 2010 season, Brogan McPartland led the Ivy League with 9.5 sacks and 12 members of the team were tabbed to the All-Ivy League team, including seven members of the defensive unit. McPartland was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team.

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 Jordan Hill led the linebackers with 70 tackles.

The 2017 season saw four of Harvard's six All-Ivy selections come from the defensive side of the ball. The Crimson was second in the Ivy League in interceptions with 12, returning two for touchdowns, and ranked third in sacks with 26. 

In 2016, the defense helped the Crimson to a 7-3 record, ranking No. 15 in the country with 21.0 points allowed per game. Harvard also sat seventh in the country in rushing defense, allowing just 98.3 yards per game. Six defensive players were named to an All-Ivy League team. 

Larkee led a defense that held its opponents to an average of 13.0 points per game during the 2015 season. The Crimson ranked second in the Ancient Eight in scoring defense and first in rushing yards allowed (84.4). The senior linebacking corps of Eric Medes, captain Matt Koran and Jacob Lindsey were all selected to All-Ivy teams after combining for 191 tackles, including 17.5 for a loss. 

Harvard's defense was one of the preeminent units in the country in 2014. The Crimson ranked first in scoring defense (12.3 points allowed per game) and fourth in rushing defense (86.3 yards per game). Zack Hodges was named the recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Year, as the Crimson completed a perfect 10-0 season en route to the program's 16th Ivy championship. Harvard held its first eight opponents under 18 points and blanked Columbia for the third-consecutive year.

In 2013, Larkee's defense helped the Crimson to its 15th Ivy League crown. Harvard's rushing defense, which allowed 97.3 yards per game, ranked sixth in the nation and was first in the Ivy League, while its scoring defense (22.7 points per game) came in at No. 25 nationally. Behind the 2013 Asa S. Bushnell Cup recipient, Zack Hodges, the Crimson recovered 13 fumbles to tie for 15th nationally and lead the Ancient Eight. 

Larkee led one of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision’s top defenses in 2012. The Crimson led the nation in rushing defense (69.4 yards allowed per game) and sacks (4.2 per game) while ranking eighth nationally in scoring defense (17.4 points allowed per game). Harvard held six of its 10 opponents to 14 points or fewer, and three of those opponents—including shutout victim Columbia—scored seven points or fewer.

A year earlier, Larkee's defense ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense and sixth against the rush, behind Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Josue Ortiz. In each of Larkee’s nine seasons guiding the defense, Harvard has placed at least two defensive players on the All-Ivy League first team and has totaled 39 All-Ivy mentions (14 first-team selections, 15 second-team picks, 10 honorable mentions).

A 1999 Harvard graduate, Larkee returned to his alma mater in 2007, coaching the running backs while serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. In 2008, he assumed the team's special teams coordinator position and also worked with the linebackers. In 2009, Larkee took over as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Larkee is responsible for recruiting the northeastern United States including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Since Larkee began working with Harvard's linebackers in 2008, Crimson players at that position have accounted for 11 All-Ivy League selections.

Larkee previously served as an assistant coach for the Crimson's 2001 Ivy League championship team. He coached the outside linebackers for Harvard’s 9-0 squad, its first since 1913 to go unbeaten and untied.

Before returning to Cambridge, Larkee had been a graduate assistant at Boston College, helping the Eagles to back-to-back bowl appearances.

Larkee had a brief stint as a defensive assistant at Columbia, which came on the heels of a three-year tenure as an assistant at Division III Bates College. He served as the Bobcats' special teams coordinator, linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coordinator from 2002 to ’04.

Larkee also has served as an assistant at Bowdoin College for the 1999 and 2000 seasons and was a player/coach with Les Cougars de St. Ouen l'Aumone (a French club team) in 2001.

A second-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, Larkee graduated from Harvard in third place on the Crimson's career tackles chart (243). He recorded 98 tackles with six pass breakups and was a starter on Harvard's 1997 Ivy League championship team. Larkee also earned the team's Henry N. Lamar Award, given to the Harvard football senior who, through dedication to the program and concern for his fellow man, has made a unique contribution to the team.

Larkee holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Harvard.

Larkee and his wife, former Crimson field hockey All-American Judy (Collins) Larkee ’99, live in Norwood, Massachusetts with daughters Shea (11), Maureen (8) and Casey (2) and sons Sam (10), Joe (7) and Mike (5).