ALUMNI TRACKER: Three Alums Ink Sports Contracts

Published by Hope Schwartz on November 08, 2012 at 3:12AM

David Stearns ‘07 (center)—the Indians’ current director of “contracts, strategy, and analysis”—poses with former Crimson sports chairs Gabe Velez ’07 (left) and Alex McPhillips ’07 at the annual Kirkland House holiday dinner. Five years after graduation, Stearns has secured a coveted MLB position.

This week Harvard alums are dominating the job market, with three separate graduates inking contracts on and off the field—not to mention a certain Law School alumnus who won reelection on Tuesday.

Olympic swimmer Alex Meyer ’10 announced this week that he is coming back to the Harvard swimming and diving program as an assistant coach. Meyer notched a 10th place finish in the 10k in London.

Overseas, outside hitter Matt Jones ’12 will play professional volleyball in Luxembourg. Jones, who signed a one-year contract with Volley Bartreng, led Harvard men’s volleyball to its first ever nationally ranked season last year. He finished his Crimson career atop the record books in all-time kills, digs, and service aces.

Off the field, former Crimson sports editor David Stearns ’07 was named Assistant GM by the Houston Astros, making him one of the youngest in baseball. At 27, Stearns has spent the past four years working in the MLB, including three years with the Commissioner’s office and stints with several major league teams.

The pressure is off Jeremy Lin ‘10 this week, after James Harden—recently acquired from Oklahoma City—continued to dominate with the Rockets. Some are calling it the best backcourt in the NBA, but while most are more hesitant, there is no arguing that Friday night’s dismantling of the Atlanta Hawks could be a sign of things to come for the duo.

Harden scored a career-high 45 points and Lin added 21 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. However, Lin couldn’t match his performance the next night, with 13 points and seven assists in the loss to the Trailblazers.

On the gridiron, Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 continues to struggle for the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick completed 25 of 38 passes for 239 yards in the week 9 loss to the Texans, and the quarterback has come under fire for not being able to make long passes and get the team into the endzone.

Despite the consistently poor performance dating back to last season—with 25 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in his past 16 starts—the Bills’ front office has yet to speak openly about making a move.