Men’s Soccer Adds Small as Assistant Coach

Men’s Soccer Adds Small as Assistant Coach

Small is a 2002 graduate of Harvard (Harvard men's soccer).

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Harvard men's soccer and Pieter Lehrer, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, have announced the addition of Jared Small '02 as the program's new assistant coach.

"We are very excited about adding Jared to the staff," said Lehrer. "Jared is a Harvard alum, understands the game, and has a winning mentality. We feel very fortunate to be adding someone of Jared's caliber to our already strong staff."

Small was promoted after a successful first-year return back in Cambridge. After graduation Small took a position as Director of Coaching for Rye Youth Soccer from 2002-15. He oversaw all facets of the 1,600-player, 98-team operation. As men's varsity head coach at Rye High School from 2006-2015, Small led his teams to an 89-44-19 record, including their first three berths in the New York State Section One Semifinals since the 1980s. As an assistant coach with the woman's team, he helped Coach Rich Savage guide the Garnets to their first State Championship and a subsequent appearance in the State Finals. In Small's 13-year tenure, the men's and women's teams produced a combined 31 collegiate players and 4 professional players.

Small also spent two other stints as an assistant coach; one with FC Westchester and the other with the Eastern NY Olympic Development Program Under-15 team. He holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, USSF 'C' License, and USSF Youth License.

Small's interests go beyond the soccer field. He is passionately active in multiple projects aimed at helping undeserved youths accomplish success in school and sports. Together with former Johns Hopkins cross country captain Jordan Delane and Colgate golfer Judd Rothstein, he developed a pro bono wing within his college test preparation company, Peak Performance Testing, to provide SAT instruction to first-generation college-bound students. Small has also partnered with prominent New York attorney and philanthropist Bill Miller to spread Cancer Awareness by outfitting more than 50 club and high school teams from Yonkers, Rye, and Spring Valley with special edition pink uniforms during the month of October. Summer 2016 will see Small reunite with Sal Curella for their third year as heads of soccer for the New York chapter of Playsmart, Inc., a non-profit founded by former Ivy League athletes to help underserved middle school student-athletes realize their academic and life potential through sports.     

At Harvard, Small will look to contribute to a team that is consistently competing for an Ivy League Championship. The 2015 Harvard men's soccer team finished the season 9-6-2, good for second in the Ivy League, and just narrowly missed an NCAA Tournament berth.