|Title:||Head Coach of Men's Volleyball|
Now entering his sixth season as head coach of the Harvard men’s volleyball team, Brian Baise has ushered in a new era of unprecedented success for the Crimson.
You need not look further than the 2012 season for evidence of Harvard’s turnaround, as the Baise led Crimson earned the program’s first-ever national ranking and finished the year at No. 15 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Harvard posted an 18-6 overall record on the year and finished second in the EIVA with a 10-4 conference mark, earning Baise EIVA Bob Sweeney Coach of the Year honors. Additionally, Harvard’s 18 wins were third-most in program history.
The Crimson finished the 2012 campaign ranked seventh in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.298), eighth in win percentage (.750) and 11th in aces per set (1.13). Individually, Senior Matt Jones ’12 ranked ninth in kills (3.38) and aces (0.42), while sophomore Chris Gibbons ’14 was eighth in digs (2.47). Harvard also posted its first win over a ranked opponent under Baise with a 3-1 defeat of then-No. 12 Cal State Northridge.
Three Crimson earned All-EIVA honors as a result of the team’s success, including Jones (first team), freshman DJ White ’15 (first team) and junior Rob Lothman ’13 (second team). Jones, meanwhile, caped his career off as the program’s all-time leader in kills (1,218), digs (482) and aces (97), while also ranking in the program’s top 10 for career blocks, block assists and solo blocks.
Last season, Baise and the Crimson continued on the road to success earning the program’s highest and second-ever national ranking on Feb. 25 at No. 14 in the AVCA Poll. Harvard finished second at the EIVA postseason tournament and posted its third 18-win season that included the first program defeat of EIVA leader Penn State, 3-0, Feb. 15 and second victory over a ranked opponent under Baise.
As a result of the team's success in 2013, four Crimson earned All-EIVA accolades, the most since the 1993 squad, including sophmore DJ White (first team), classmate Caleb Zimmick (second team), senior Rob Lothman (second team) and junior Kyle Rehkemper (second team). Lothman capped off his campaign in Cambridge as Harvard's all-time leader in assists (3,094) while White and Zimmick sit among the program's top 10 in five different statistical categories as sophomores.
Baise completed his first season at Harvard in 2009, helping lead the Crimson to a tie for first place in the EIVA Hay Division with an 11-8 overall record and a 6-2 conference mark. Two Crimson were named to the EIVA All-Academic Team, while Brady Weissbourd ’09 earned second-team All-EIVA honors.
Following a 5-16, 3-5 Hay showing in 2010, Baise brought in a strong group of freshmen for 2011. The 2011 Crimson squad, with only one senior on the roster and four freshmen that saw significant court time, opened the season with a 6-1 record, tying the best mark to start a season since the 2000 campaign. Harvard would finish the year with a 9-13 overall record and 1-7 in the division.
Prior to coming to Harvard, Baise spent one year as an assistant head coach and one year as the head coach for the club team at the University of California-Berkeley from 1999-2001, leading the Bears to the quarterfinals of the 2000 NIRSA Championships before moving East with his wife, Laurie, who is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Tufts.
Baise is a 1995 graduate of Princeton where he earned a degree in English and was a four-year starter for the Tigers. A former two-time Junior Olympic All-American, Baise served as the Tigers' captain and was team MVP as a senior.
Before attending Princeton, Baise was a two-time captain and 1991 California Interscholastic Federation first team selection and CIF 3A state champion at Harvard-Westlake High School. He was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 1992.