(From left to right): Fred Schernecker '89, The Paul M. Weissman '52 Director of Harvard Golf, Paul Weissman, and Bob Scalise, The Nichols Family Director of Athletics (Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Bob Scalise, The Nichols Family Director of Athletics, and Harvard University are excited to announce the 14th endowed head coach position: The Paul M. Weissman '52 Director of Harvard Golf.
Paul M. Weissman '52 was a three-time letterwinner on the Harvard golf team (1950-52) and served as team captain during the 1952 season. During his junior season, Weissman helped the Crimson finish fifth at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships and also served as freshman team captain in 1949.
"Harvard athletics and I are extremely thankful to Paul for making this endowment possible," Bob Scalise said. "With Paul's generosity, the golf programs at Harvard will continue to succeed and thrive for generations to come. We are very grateful for Paul's generosity and dedication to Harvard golf."
Harvard golf began at Harvard with the team's team in 1896, while the women's program was started in 1993. The men's squad earned six national championships between 1898 and 1916, with eight players winning individual titles in the same period. The women's program has won three Ivy League titles in the past five years, including capturing the crown last season, while the men has one Ancient Eight crown to its credit. The two programs have also combined for 55 All-Ivy League selections.
"Paul has been a consistent and generous supporter of Harvard and our golf program," said Fred Schernecker '89 who has served as Director of Golf since 2003. "I was a Weissman Scholar during my time as an undergraduate at Harvard and our team members have benefitted from the Weissman International Internship program. Paul has touched so many individual Harvard lives in such a positive way with these and the many other programs he has supported. The endowment allows us to continue to pursue excellence and our Mission of 'educating tomorrow's leaders' in the golf program."
Paul M. Weissman '52, who retired from a career on Wall Street, and his wife, Harriet, have been devoted alumni and friends of Harvard, having served in various capacities. Paul is currently a member of the Committee on University Resources (COUR) and an honorary board member of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). This year Paul also chaired his 60th reunion gift committee, a position he has held for all of his previous reunions. Prior volunteer positions include president of the HAA and chair of the Harvard College Fund, among others.
In addition to Paul's volunteer roles, his generosity has also benefited many areas of the university. In 2000, the Weissmans established the University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, and in 2007 they accompanied this gift by endowing the Paul M. and Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator in the Harvard University Library. In addition to their sustained support for the libraries, Paul and Harriet helped to underwrite the University's student financial aid program through the Paul M. Weissman Family Scholarship Program. They also created the Weissman International Internship Program, which allows over 50 students per year to travel abroad in the summer to pursue meaningful foreign work experiences, thus fostering the development of Harvard College students' understanding of the global community.
Listed alphabetically by sport
The Nichols Family Director of Harvard Athletics
The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 MBA '71 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball
The Thomes Bolles Endowment for Men's Heavyweight Crew
The Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew
The Thomas Stephenson '64 MBA '66 Family Head Coach for Harvard Football
The Paul M. Weissman '52 Director of Harvard Golf.
The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey
The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse
The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer
The Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University
The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving
The Costin Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving
The Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis
The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling