Department of Athletics


Andrew Aurich Introduced as 31st Head Coach of Harvard Football

Athletic Director Erin McDermott officially introduced Andrew Aurich as the next head coach for Harvard Football at a press conference on Thursday.


Harvard Hasn’t Announced Its New Head Football Coach. The Hiring Is Already Under Fire.

Andrew Aurich, a tight ends coach at Rutgers University, is expected to be announced as Harvard football head coach next week. But in interviews with The Crimson, 10 players and alumni said they were upset with the search process, with some privately lobbying Athletics Director Erin McDermott to make a last-minute reversal and not proceed with Aurich’s hiring.


Harvard Football Head Coach Search Down to 4 Finalists

Harvard Athletics has narrowed its search for a new head football coach down to four candidates, according to four people familiar with the situation.


With Admissions Under Scrutiny, Harvard Athletic Director McDermott Says Athlete Recruitment Will Remain Unchanged

Despite seismic changes to the landscape of college admissions, Harvard Athletic Director Erin McDermott said in an interview Friday that the department’s recruiting practices will remain much the same.


Hanging Up the Harvard Jersey

Approximately one in four students who played on a varsity sports team in the 2019-20 season left their team before the 2022-23 season. Interviews with nearly a dozen former Harvard athletes suggested that time commitments, battles with injuries, and balancing a beloved sport and the desire for a more well-rounded Harvard experience contributed to decisions to step away.


Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey to Undergo External Investigation Amid Allegations Against Coach

Harvard Athletic Director Erin McDermott announced in a March 14 email that Harvard Athletics will conduct an independent, external review of the women’s ice hockey program following allegations of abuse leveled against the program and head coach Katey Stone.


Silent on Allegations Against Harvard Hockey Coach, Athletic Director Shares Inclusion and Feedback Plans

Harvard Athletic Director Erin McDermott declined to comment on recent allegations of emotional abuse levied by women’s ice hockey athletes against head coach Katey Stone but affirmed the importance of the department’s ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives in an interview Friday.


Longtime Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Faces Allegations of Abusive Behavior

Harvard has not publicly responded to allegations of abusive behavior by Harvard women’s ice hockey head coach Katey Stone reported in a Boston Globe investigation published Friday.


Ex-Harvard Fencing Coach Wanted $7.5 Million as Admissions Bribe, Witness Says

Shortly after the son of a wealthy Maryland businessman received a likely letter from Harvard College in 2013, Peter Brand, the school’s longtime fencing coach, had a question, a government witness told a federal jury Thursday: Where’s my $7.5 million?


‘Middleman’ in Harvard Fencing Coach Bribery Scandal Details Alleged Payment Schemes at Day 2 of Trial

A key government witness in the federal bribery trial of former Harvard fencing coach Peter Brand laid out new details on Tuesday about how he helped a wealthy Maryland businessman funnel money via nonprofits to the coach in exchange for recruiting spots for his sons.


In Opening Day of Trial, Prosecutors Say Ex-Harvard Fencing Coach Traded Recruiting Spots for Payments as Part of a ‘Stream of Bribes’

Federal prosecutors on Monday told a jury that Harvard’s former longtime fencing coach, Peter Brand, leveraged his team’s recruiting spots for more than $1.5 million in bribes from a wealthy Maryland businessman who was desperate to get his sons admitted to the College.


Harvard Students Travel to Providence for Football Game Against Brown

Harvard’s football team faced off against Brown last week, bringing home a win 35-28. Droves of Harvard students traveled by train to party at tailgates, watch the football game, and visit friends in Providence, R.I.


Harvard’s Century-Old Boathouses to Undergo Renovations

Harvard will commence renovations on its historic Weld and Newell Boathouses this year in what is planned to be the most significant update to the buildings since their construction more than a century ago.


Harvard Athletics Director Discusses Student-Athlete Inclusion in Larger Student Body

Following a 2020 Athletics Department review that found many student-athletes feel a disconnect with the broader student body, the Athletic Department wants to boost the interaction between student-athletes and the rest of campus, according to Harvard Athletics Director Erin McDermott.


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