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Former Harvard Assistant to Coach in Super Bowl

By Christina C. Mcclintock, Crimson Staff Writer

Nowadays Joe Philbin can be seen roaming the sidelines of Lambeau, coaching a team many New Englanders still haven't forgiven for Super Bowl XXXI.

But before the Springfield, Mass. alum became a Super Bowl-bound offensive coordinator, he was an assistant coach for Northeastern and then Harvard.

A graduate of Worcestor Academy, Philbin coached the Huskies from 1995-1996 followed by a stint with the Crimson from 1997-1998.

“I think in terms of him becoming a high-level coach, his success is no surprise,” Harvard coach Tim Murphy told Christopher Price of WEEI. “The guy was always fundamentally sound, he was always prepared and he was always very easy going and a great teacher. You put all those things together and it’s not a major leap of faith to think that he’s going to be a success at the highest level.”

Read the full article here to learn of Philbin's journey from Massachusetts to Green Bay:

http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/football/christopher-price/2011/01/31/ex-harvard-nu-assistant-verge-super-bowl-title-p

The schools Philbin left behind have gone in opposite directions following his departure. The Crimson has emerged as a perennial title contender and won the Ivies in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2008.

Northeastern won the Atlantic 10 in 2002 but had struggled ever since, prompting the university to cut the program following the 2009 season.

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