Sports Administration


‘Pushing Conversations’: Harvard LGBTQ+ Athletes Call for Greater Visibility, Support from Administration

Harvard Athlete Ally organizers said they struggled to sustain engagement from Harvard Athletics while planning the first Trans+ Community Celebration. For some who continue to call on administrators to increase outward support of LGBTQ+ athletes, this was emblematic of a larger pattern of inconsistent engagement with queer inclusion from the department.


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.


Investigation of Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey Program Aims to Conclude by End of Term

Jenner and Block, the New York-based law firm investigating Harvard’s women’s ice hockey program in light of allegations of abuse against the program and its head coach, aims to complete its review by the end of April, according to a former team member.


Harvard Women’s Hockey Program Investigation Marks Eighth Athletics Review Since 2016

In past scandals within Harvard Athletics programs, coach behavior and team culture have been reviewed by University bodies — such as the Office of General Counsel or the Title IX office — or independent investigators.  Still, Harvard Athletics has faced other major scandals in recent years, three of which involved an external conduct investigation.


Ivy League Faces Federal Class Action Lawsuit Over Athletic Scholarships Policy

Two Brown University student athletes have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all present and former Ivy League athletes recruited since March 2019, claiming the eight Ivy League colleges unlawfully colluded to reduce financial aid and compensation for student-athletes.


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.


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.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2022

In 2022, Harvard saw a multitude of transitions. The school finally lifted most of its last Covid-19 mandates and held in-person Commencement ceremonies for not one, not two, but three Harvard College classes. Across the top ranks of Harvard’s leadership, familiar faces exited the stage, including University President Lawrence S. Bacow, who will be succeeded by Claudine Gay, the first person of color and second woman to be named to Harvard’s top post. Here, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped 2022 at Harvard.


Attorneys Clash Over Key Witness’ Credibility in Closing Arguments for Harvard Admissions Bribery Trial

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys sparred over the credibility of a self-described “middleman” in the alleged admissions bribery scheme between ex-Harvard fencing coach Peter Brand and a Harvard parent in closing arguments Tuesday.


Zhao Sons Testify They Were Unaware of Alleged Bribes to Ex-Harvard Fencing Coach

Eric Y. Zhao ’18 and Edward Y. Zhao ’21, whose father is accused of bribing a former Harvard fencing coach, testified Monday that their father’s involvement in their fencing careers was driven by his love for the sport.


In Historic First, Student-Athletes Can Now Profit Off of Name, Image, and Likeness

Harvard student-athletes may receive compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness for the first time, the Ivy League announced Thursday, changing its rules to align with a new interim policy from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.


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