The Harvard Crimson are the athletic teams of Harvard University. The school's teams compete in NCAA Division I. As of 2013, there were 42 Division I intercollegiate varsity sports teams for women and men at Harvard, more than at any other NCAA Division I college in the country. Like the other Ivy League universities, Harvard does not offer athletic scholarships.
|Athletic director||Bob Scalise|
|Varsity teams||42 teams|
|Football stadium||Harvard Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Lavietes Pavilion|
|Ice hockey arena||Bright-Landry Hockey Center|
|Baseball stadium||Joseph J. O'Donnell Field|
|Soccer stadium||Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, Ohiri Field|
|Lacrosse stadium||Harvard Stadium|
|Fight song||Ten Thousand Men of Harvard|
|Colors||Crimson, White, and Black|
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Cross country||Field hockey|
|Heavyweight rowing||Lightweight rowing|
|Swimming and diving||Squash|
|Tennis||Swimming and diving|
|Track and field†||Tennis|
|Volleyball||Track and field†|
|Fencing – Sailing – Skiing|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor|
Harvard Crimson men's basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at Harvard University. The team currently competes in the Ivy League in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and play home games at the Lavietes Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts. The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2014, where they beat Cincinnati in the Round of 64 in a 12 vs. 5 seed upset. The Crimson are currently coached by Tommy Amaker.
Harvard Crimson women's basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at Harvard University. The team currently competes in the Ivy League in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and play home games at the Lavietes Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts. The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament was in 2007.
The fencing team won the 2006 NCAA team championship in men's and women's combined fencing. Representing Harvard Crimson, Benjamin (Benji) Ungar won Gold in the 2006 Individual Men's Épée event at the NCAA Fencing Championship, and was named Harvard Athlete of The Year.
The football team has competed since 1873. They have won ten national championships when the school competed in what is now known as the FBS. They are perhaps best known for their rivalry with Yale, known as "The Game". Sixteen former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Harvard's athletic rivalry with Yale is intense in every sport in which they meet, coming to a climax each fall in their annual football meeting, which dates back to 1875. While Harvard's football team is no longer one of the country's best as it often was a century ago during football's early days (it won the Rose Bowl in 1920), both it and Yale have influenced the way the game is played. In 1903, Harvard Stadium introduced a new era into football with the first-ever permanent reinforced concrete stadium of its kind in the country. The stadium's structure actually played a role in the evolution of the college game. Seeking to reduce the alarming number of deaths and serious injuries in the sport, the Father of Football, Walter Camp (former captain of the Yale football team), suggested widening the field to open up the game. But the state-of-the-art Harvard Stadium was too narrow to accommodate a wider playing surface. So, other steps had to be taken. Camp would instead support revolutionary new rules for the 1906 season. These included legalizing the forward pass, perhaps the most significant rule change in the sport's history.
In both 1919 and 1920, headed by All-American brothers Arnold Horween and Ralph Horween, Harvard was undefeated (9–0–1, as they outscored their competition 229–19, and 8–0–1, respectively). The team won the 1920 Rose Bowl against the University of Oregon, 7–6. It was the only bowl appearance in Harvard history.
Harvard has won six national collegiate team championships: 1898 (fall), 1899, 1901, 1902 (fall), 1903, and 1904. They have crowned eight individual national champions: James Curtis (1898, fall), Halstead Lindsley (1901), Chandler Egan (1902, fall), A. L. White (1904), H. H. Wilder (1908), F. C. Davison (1912), Edward Allis (1914), J. W. Hubbell (1916). They won the inaugural Ivy League championship in 1975, their only league championship.
The men's ice hockey team is one of the oldest intercollegiate ice hockey teams in the United States, having played their first game on January 19, 1898 in a 0–6 loss to Brown. Former head coach William H. Claflin and former captain George Owen are credited with the first use of line change in a game against Yale on March 3, 1923 when the Crimson substituted entire forward lines instead of individuals. The men's ice hockey team won the NCAA Division I Championship on April 1, 1989, defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 4-3 in overtime. The Cleary Cup, awarded to the ECAC regular-season champion, is named for former Harvard All-American hockey player, coach, and athletic director Bill Cleary, a member of the U.S. hockey team that won the 1960 Winter Olympics gold medal. The team competes in ECAC Hockey along with five other Ivy League schools and is coached by Harvard alumnus, Olympian, and former NHL forward, Ted Donato. Harvard competes in one of the most heated rivalries of college hockey at least twice each season against Harvard's archrival, the Cornell Big Red, in installments of the Cornell-Harvard hockey rivalry. Cornell and Harvard are the most storied programs currently in the ECAC.
Older than The Game by 23 years, the Harvard–Yale Regatta was the original source of the athletic rivalry between the two schools. It is held annually in June on the Thames river in eastern Connecticut. Both the Harvard heavyweight and lightweight teams are typically considered to be among the top teams in the country in rowing, having won numerous national championships in recent years.
For a time the Harvard lightweight men's team had one of the "oddest" streaks in collegiate sports, having won the national championships in every odd year from 1989 to 2003 (and in no corresponding even years). The streak was broken when Harvard lost to Yale by almost 4 seconds in 2005.
The women's heavyweight rowing team were NCAA Champions in 2003.
The Harvard Rugby Football Club is the college rugby team of Harvard. Founded in 1872, Harvard RFC is Harvard's oldest athletic team, and the oldest rugby club in the United States. Harvard competes in the Ivy League, and won the Ivy League Championship in 2007, 2003 and 1994, and were National Champions in 1984. In 2009, the men joined a newly established Ivy Rugby Conference that kicked off as a separate conference in Division 1.
The Harvard team won the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the dinghies Intercollegiate Sailing Association National Championships in 1952, 1953, 1959, 1974 and 2003, the women's dinghies in 2005, the sloops in 2001 and 2002, and the team race in 2002 and 2003. The team was ranked 11th nationally in 2013 according to Sailing World.
Before the NCAA began its tournament in 1959, the annual national champion was declared by the Intercollegiate Association Football League (IAFL) — from 1911 to 1926 — and then the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA), from 1927 to 1958. From 1911 to 1958, Harvard won four national championships.
Women's soccer was elevated from a club to a varsity sport at Harvard in 1977. Bob Scalise, Harvard's current athletic director, was the first head coach. The team has won thirteen Ivy League Championships: 1978, 1979, 1981, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016.
Harvard Swimming and Diving was founded in 190230. Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving is currently coached by Kevin Tyrrell, Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving is currently coached by Stephanie Wriede Morawski.
Inaugural season for the men's team was 1981. The Crimson compete in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) and are under the direction of head coach, Brian Baise.
Inaugural season for the women's team was 1981. The Crimson compete in the Ivy League and are under the direction of head coach, Jennifer Weiss.
Coach Ted Minnis heads both the Men's and Women's Water Polo teams, which compete in the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The teams both play in Blodgett Pool.
Head coach Jay Weiss and his coaching staff have put the Harvard Wrestling program on the map. First established in 1913, the Harvard wrestling team celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013-14, making the Crimson one of the oldest collegiate wrestling programs in the nation. As part of that celebration GoCrimson.com released the "Top Moments in Harvard Wrestling History" in collaboration with the Harvard Crimson Wrestling team. The team practices and competes in the Malkin Athletic Center. In 1938, The Harvard Wrestling team featured the program's first national champion, John Harkness. Jesse Jantzen ’04 graduated in 2004 as the most accomplished wrestler in Harvard history. The Crimson’s all-time leader in wins (132), win percentage (.910) and pins (50), Jantzen’s accomplishments also include: 2004 NCAA Champion, 2004 NCAA Most Outstanding Wrestler, 3 Time NCAA All-American, 3 Time EIWA Champion, 4 Time NCAA Qualifier.
Harvard has several athletic facilities, such as the Lavietes Pavilion, a multi-purpose arena and home to the basketball teams. The Malkin Athletic Center, known as the "MAC," serves both as the university's primary recreation facility and as home to the varsity men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's fencing, and wrestling teams. The five-story building includes two cardio rooms, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a smaller pool for aquaerobics and other activities, a mezzanine, where all types of classes are held at all hours of the day, and an indoor cycling studio, three weight rooms, and a three-court gym floor to play basketball. The MAC also offers personal trainers and specialty classes. The MAC is also home to volleyball, fencing, and wrestling. The offices of several of the school's varsity coaches are also in the MAC.
Weld Boathouse and Newell Boathouse house the women's and men's rowing teams, respectively. The men's crew also uses the Red Top complex in Ledyard, CT, as their training camp for the annual Harvard–Yale Regatta. The Bright Hockey Center hosts the ice hockey teams, and the Murr Center serves both as a home for the squash and tennis teams as well as a strength and conditioning center for all athletic sports.
Other facilities include: Joseph J. O'Donnell Field (baseball), Harvard Stadium (football), Cumnock Turf and Harvard Stadium (lacrosse), Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium and Ohiri Field (soccer), and Blodgett Pool (swimming and diving, water polo).
Harvard Undergraduate Television has footage from historical games and athletic events including the 2005 pep-rally before the Harvard-Yale Game. Harvard's official athletics website has more comprehensive information about Harvard's athletic facilities.
The 1874–75 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1874 college football season. The team finished with a 1–1 record and was retroactively named co-national champion by Parke H. Davis. The team captain was Arthur B. Ellis.After the first rugby football game in the United States was played by McGill University visiting Harvard in May 1874, Harvard traveled to Montreal for another rugby style game in October. No goals were scored, the game ended in a 0–0 tie, but Harvard had scored three tries to win the game in front of 2,000 spectators.1875–76 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1875–76 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1875 college football season. The team finished with a 4–0 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the National Championship Foundation and as a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis. The team captain was William A. Whiting.1890 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1890 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1890 college football season. The team finished with an 11–0 record and was retroactively named national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis. They outscored their opponents 555 to 12, and in eight of their games they scored at least 41 points.1898 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1898 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1898 college football season. The team finished with an 11–0 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, and National Championship Foundation. Princeton, which finished the 1898 season 11–0–1, was named champion by one selector, Parke H. Davis. The Harvard team outscored their opponents 257 to 19 during the season.1899 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1899 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1899 college football season. The team finished with a 10–0–1 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, and National Championship Foundation. Princeton compiled a 12–1 record and was named the national champion by two other selectors. They outscored their opponents 210 to 10.1901 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1901 Harvard Crimson football team was an American football team that represented Harvard University as an independent during the 1901 college football season. In its first season under head coach Bill Reid, the team compiled a 12–0 record and outscored opponents by a total of 254 to 24.The team was retroactively named as the national champion by one selector, the Billingsley Report. Michigan was selected as the national champion by three other selectors.Nine Harvard players received first-team honors from Walter Camp (WC) or Caspar Whitney (CW) on the 1901 All-America team:
Fullback Thomas Graydon (WC-1, CW-1);
Halfback Robert Kernan (WC-1, CW-1);
Halfback A. W. Ristine (WC-2);
Tackle Oliver Cutts (WC-1, CW-1);
Tackle Crawford Blagden (WC-2; CW-1);
Guard William George Lee (WC-1, CW-2);
Guard Charles A. Barnard (WC-2, CW-1);
End Dave Campbell (WC-1, CW-2); and
End Edward Bowditch (WC-2, CW-1).1908 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1908 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1908 college football season. The team finished with a 9–0–1 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report. They outscored their opponents 132 to 8.1910 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1910 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University The Crimson were led by third year head coach Percy Haughton and played their home games at Harvard Stadium. They finished the season undefeated as were recognized as the national champion for the 1910 season.1912 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1912 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1912 college football season. The team finished with a 9–0 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, and Parke H. Davis, and as a co-national champion by the National Championship Foundation. They outscored their opponents 176 to 22.1913 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1913 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1913 college football season. The team finished with a 9–0 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, and National Championship Foundation, and as a co-national champion with Chicago by Parke H. Davis. They outscored their opponents 225 to 21.1919 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1919 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1919 college football season. They finished with a 9–0–1 record and were retroactively named as the 1919 national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Houlgate System, and as a co-national champion by the College Football Researchers Association, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis. They outscored their opponents 229 to 19.1920 Harvard Crimson football team
The 1920 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University during the 1920 college football season. They were led by second-year head coach Bob Fisher and played their home games at Harvard Stadium. The team finished the season undefeated and was recognized as a co-national champion by the Boand System.2007 Harvard Crimson football team
The 2007 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 2007 NCAA Division I FCS football season.
The team was ranked 21 in the Final poll standings for the FCS football season.2011 Harvard Crimson football team
The 2011 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Crimson were led by 18th year head coach Tim Murphy and played their home games at Harvard Stadium. They are a member of the Ivy League. They finished the season 9–1, 7–0 in Ivy League play to claim the conference championship.Crimson
Crimson is a strong, red color, inclining to purple. It originally meant the color of the kermes dye produced from a scale insect, Kermes vermilio, but the name is now sometimes also used as a generic term for slightly bluish-red colors that are between red and rose.Harvard Crimson football
The Harvard Crimson football program represents Harvard University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Harvard's football program is one of the oldest in the world, having begun competing in the sport in 1873. The Crimson has a legacy that includes thirteen national championships and 20 College Football Hall of Fame inductees, including the first African-American college football player William H. Lewis, Huntington "Tack" Hardwick, Barry Wood, Percy Haughton, and Eddie Mahan. Harvard is the eighth winningest team in NCAA Division I football history.Harvard Crimson men's basketball
Harvard Crimson men's basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at Harvard University. The team currently competes in the Ivy League in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and plays home games at the Lavietes Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts. The team appeared in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2014, where Harvard upset 5-seed Cincinnati 61–57 before being eliminated in the round of 32 by 4-seed Michigan State by a score of 80–73. In 2015, Harvard tied with Yale for the Ivy title with an 11–3 league record. Despite having lost to Yale 62–52 at Lavietes Pavilion on March 6, 2015, just eight days later Harvard won a playoff between the two at the Palestra in Philadelphia to determine the Ivy League's NCAA automatic bid by a score of 53–51. Harvard thereby achieved its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance while preventing Yale from reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 53 years. Harvard was eliminated from the 2015 NCAA Tournament by UNC by a score of 67–65 after leading with under one minute to play in the game.The Crimson are currently coached by Tommy Amaker.Harvard Crimson women's volleyball
The Harvard Crimson women's volleyball team represents Harvard University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I women's volleyball. Harvard competes as a member of the Ivy League and plays its home games at the Malkin Athletic Center (MAC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.The Harvard Crimson
The Harvard Crimson, the daily student newspaper of Harvard University, was founded in 1873. It is the only daily newspaper in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is run entirely by Harvard College undergraduates. The newspaper is operated by The Harvard Crimson Corporation, officially The Trustees of The Harvard Crimson, a non-profit organization.