After a historic career with the Crimson, McInally made the transition to punter for the Cincannati Bengals. He would go on to lead the league in average punting yardage and was named to the All-Pro team in 1981
During his senior season McInally caught 108 passes for 1,485 yards and 15 touchdowns– all school records at the time .
Upon trying out for and joining the freshmen “Yardlings” football team, McInally immediately established himself as a player to watch on the gridiron.
The words Latino and Harvard are not immediately thought to be synonymous with football, let alone the crown jewel of the NFL season. But in its 50th rendition, the Super Bowl will have a healthy dose of both thanks to Alvaro Martin ’84.
The first time Harvard field hockey coach Tjerk van Herwaarden saw junior Marissa Balleza play, he was still an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and she was still just a freshman at Severna Park High School—a half hour away from College Park.
The men's and women's volleyball teams share a gym, a lot of physical height, and an assistant coach in Jeff Aucoin, but they also share a mutual love for each other that bonds the two programs even beyond their shared sport. This unique connection permeates classes and continues to grow as new athletes join the teams.
Harvard-Yale contests typically garner huge crowds compared to other games for Crimson athletics, even beyond football. Harvard fans came out in force at the 2015 Ivy League Men's Basketball Playoff between the Crimson and Bulldogs, even though the game was played at Penn.
Harvard men's soccer coach Pieter Lehrer has brought Crimson soccer to a new level of competitiveness in the Ivy League, leading the team to a top-three finish in each of his first three seasons at the helm.
At the heart of the excitement and drama lies a rivalry that stretches back a century and a half. Although football may be the most salient part of this competition, the rivalry is a tradition between Harvard and Yale that runs deeper than the gridiron.
The forward-looking mindset of Harvard men's soccer coach Pieter Lehrer on the soccer field is the same one that has taken him through a stint as a professional soccer player in Europe, the same one that helped him become an Olympic qualifier in sprint canoeing, and the same one that is now driving his burgeoning coaching career.
Nicky Maxwell, a College freshman, will become the first NCAA-certified athlete in track and field history to compete with a prosthetic running device when he makes his debut for the Harvard men’s team in January.
Before and even in the middle of their Harvard careers, a select few Crimson athletes chase international glory for their respective national teams.
Injuries in sports may be as inevitable as death and taxes, but the way these ailments are subsequently handled has the potential to define the strength of a team. Fortunately, at Harvard, there’s an app for that—or rather, dozens of medically-trained professionals dedicated to making sure that student-athletes can recover both safely and soundly.
Football is no longer the only sport where you can see a player sprint down the sideline right past the opposition to make a diving catch off of a line-drive toss for the score anymore at Harvard. Harvard Red Line, the men’s Ultimate Frisbee club team, has used this type of connection to great effect throughout this fall season.
Slowly but surely, Harvard has become an annual recruiting powerhouse in men’s swimming, often attracting athletes away from its well-established counterparts on the West Coast.