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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Pieter Lehrer, the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, has announced the hiring of Jonathan Delano as an assistant coach for the Crimson. Delano will work under long-time mentor Lehrer, who was named head coach of the Harvard men’s program in April.
“I feel very fortunate to have secured Jon as my top assistant here at Harvard,” said Lehrer. “He comes to us having been a successful head coach for both the men's and women's programs at Dominican for many years. He is one of the best recruiters I have ever been around and he is already one of the top 10 assistant coaches in the country. Adding him to the staff, I am fortunate that I will be learning just as much from him as he will be learning from me.”
Delano comes to Cambridge after a successful career at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. A 2003 graduate of the institution, Delano began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, along with coaching local high school and club-level teams. He was elevated to head coach of the Dominican women’s team in 2006 and garnered two California Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards.
Due to his success with the women’s program, Delano was elevated to director of soccer in 2009, putting him in charge of both the men’s and women’s teams in their first year competing at the NCAA Division II level. Delano also had stints as the director of athletic development at Dominican, and the head men’s and women’s golf coach.
Delano was a two-sport athlete at Dominican, competing in soccer and basketball. He was born in nearby Santa Rosa, Calif.