CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's soccer head coach Ray Leone announced today the promotion of Mike Calise to associate head coach. In the midst of his sixth total season working with the Crimson, Calise rejoined Harvard as an assistant in March 2010 after previously serving during the 2005 and 2006 campaigns.
"Mike has been an integral part of our program's success for quite some time," said Leone. "He is one of the top recruiters and coaches in the country and this promotion is well deserved."
"I am extremely grateful to Ray and our administration for this opportunity," said Calise. "Harvard is a special place and I'm thrilled to be a part of this program."
Calise, who has also served as recruiting coordinator for the last three years, helped Harvard post its third-straight winning season in 2012 as Meg Casscells-Hamby earned All-Ivy League first team honors and four other student-athletes garnered all-conference selections.
During the 2011 season, Calise and the Crimson won the program's 10th Ivy League title and returned to the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in program history. Harvard posted a 10-1 record at home and went unbeaten in its final 10 games of the regular season (9-0-1). The Crimson owned a 6-0-1 record in Ivy games, going unbeaten for the first time in conference action since 1999. In addition, Melanie Baskind '12 was named Ivy League Player of the Year and was on the All-Ancient Eight first team along with Peyton Johnson and Lindsey Kowal '12.
In his first season back with Harvard in 2010, Calise aided Harvard to a 9-7-1 overall record and a 4-3-0 mark in the Ivy League. The Crimson earned four selections to the All-Ivy League first team, including conference Player of the Year Katherine Sheeleigh '11, marking the most first-team selections for the program since 1999. Harvard also boasted the league's top two scorers (Sheeleigh and Baskind) and led the conference in goals with 31.
Calise rejoined the Crimson program after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Boston College. During his first stint in Cambridge, Calise helped to organize a defense that finished the 2005 season ranked ninth in the nation (0.473 GAA) and was fifth in shutout percentage with a school-record 11 shutouts in 16 matches.
Prior to Harvard, Calise spent four years with Leone at Arizona State, where he was elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2004 season. Calise brought two top-10 recruiting classes to the Sun Devils, including a school-best No. 4 national ranking for the 2002 class by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz.
Calise's on- and off-the-field performances have been noted nationally, as he was selected as one of five women's soccer collegiate assistants to be awarded the second-annual AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. The criterion is based on longevity, expertise, contributions to the school and community, and special achievements throughout their careers. In 2002, he was also selected to receive Nike/April Heinrichs Coaching Education Award.
Over his four-year tenure as an assistant coach under Leone in Tempe, the Sun Devils achieved an overall record of 43-29-8, and twice qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In 2003, Calise assisted the Sun Devils to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the third time in four years and recorded the highest winning percentage in school history (.690). The Sun Devils also set another school mark as they finished the season ranked in the top-25 by all four major polls.
Calise earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Boston College in 1997, where he was a four-year member of the men's soccer team. He was also a member of the Eagles' 1995 Big East championship team.