Sports Administration


Harvard Athletes Meet Ivy League Decision to Cancel Winter Season With Disappointment

Several athletes on Harvard’s varsity winter sports teams said they were disappointed — if somewhat unsurprised — at the Ivy League’s decision to cancel the winter athletics season due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Feds. Charge Former Harvard Fencing Coach, Parent With Bribery

The former fencing coach and Harvard College parent at the heart of an admissions scandal which embroiled Harvard Athletics in spring 2019 were arrested on Monday and charged with bribery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts.


Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports Season as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Harvard and the seven other Ivy League institutions have canceled the winter sports season as the number of coronavirus cases climbs in Massachusetts and across the nation, according to Director of Harvard Athletics Erin McDermott.


Despite Financial Strain, Harvard Not Considering Varsity Athletic Team Cuts

Harvard Athletics has spared its personnel and 42 NCAA Division I programs from cuts as it drastically reduces operations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Director of Athletics Erin McDermott said in a Tuesday interview.


Ivy League Cancels Fall Sports Season

The League will not permit teams to practice or compete amid the ongoing public health crisis. The decision will mark an end to the fall sports season, curtail the winter sports season, and bar spring athletes from usual preseason activities.


Athletics Department Review Finds Disconnect Between Department and Faculty of Arts and Sciences

A review of the Harvard Athletics Department released Friday by Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Claudine Gay found that while the Department provides a strong sense of community, many staff and student-athletes feel a sense of removal from FAS as a whole.


Former Harvard Men’s Basketball Player Seth Towns ’20 Detained at George Floyd Protest

Recent Harvard College graduate and former Harvard men’s basketball player Seth E. Towns ’20 was detained by local police in Columbus, Ohio Friday at a rally protesting the recent murder of George Floyd, a black man, by Minneapolis police.


Scalise at 136th Game

At the 136th rendition of The Game, Yale's Director of Athletics, Victoria M. Chun, honored her Harvard counterpart, Robert L. Scalise, with a piece of the original Yale Bowl.


Scalise at Freshman Parent's Weekend

Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise announced in October 2019 his intent to retire in June 2020, after nearly 50 years at Harvard serving in a variety of roles including coach and Business School associate dean.


Robert L. Scalise's Family

Robert L. Scalise’s family, from left to right, includes son Michael K. Scalise ‘10, daughter Rosemary S. Scalise ‘19, Robert L. Scalise, son Matthew R. Scalise ‘15, sister-in-law RoAnn Costin ‘74, daughter-in-law Breck Scalise, wife Maura C. Scalise ‘80, and Alexis D’ Nicolia ‘16.


Harvard Athletes May Not Take Spring Off for Coronavirus Eligibility Relief

Varsity athletes whose spring seasons were canceled due to the coronavirus will not be able to use their extra year of National Collegiate Athletics Association eligibility at Harvard by taking a semester off, according to a Thursday email from Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise.


Many Harvard Athletes Will Forego Post-Grad Play Opportunity as Coronavirus Cancels Season

The Ivy League and Harvard recently announced they would not allow students an extra year of eligibility due to the coronavirus despite an NCAA allowance. But many Harvard athletes say they did not consider doing so in the first place.


Ivy League Will Not Allow Athletes to Compete as Grad Students Despite Shortened Spring Season

The Ivy League will not change its policies to allow graduate students to compete in varsity athletics despite the spring athletic season being cut short due to coronavirus, the athletic conference ruled Thursday afternoon.


After Spring Season Canceled, NCAA Says Eligibility Relief ‘Appropriate’ for Athletes

Harvard athletes who were sidelined by the Ivy League’s decision to ax the spring athletics season due to coronavirus will likely receive another year of eligibility, according to a statement put out by the National Collegiate Athletic Association last week.


Harvard Athletics Director Search Advisory Committee Solicits Student-Athlete Feedback

A group of Harvard College athletes told members of the search advisory committee for the next Athletics Director they hope the committee’s pick will be responsive to athletes’ concerns and set high standards for the program in a meeting at the end of last month.


Athletics Director Scalise Says Student-Athletes Should Not Be Paid

Harvard Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise said he does not think student-athletes should be paid while at Harvard in an interview last month, joining in a national conversation about student-athlete compensation.


Senior Associate Athletics Director Patricia Henry To Retire After 40 Years

Senior Associate Director of Athletics Patricia Henry will retire June 30, bringing her 40-year tenure to a close, Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise announced in an email to Harvard affiliates Tuesday.


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