Jeffrey Aucoin is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Harvard men’s and women’s volleyball teams, filling a newly created position that serves both programs.
With Aucoin on the sidelines, Harvard earned a share of its second-straight Ivy League championship this past season and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history after defeating Princeton in the Ivy League Playoff, 3-1. The Crimson traveled to fourth-seeded Nebraska for its inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament, and defeated the Huskers in the first set on their home floor before eventually falling, 3-1.
The Crimson finished 2015 with a 15-11 overall record and 10-4 mark against the Ivy League. Harvard was rewarded with several individual accolades following the season, highlighted by Corinne Bain (first team) and Christina Cornelius (honorable mention) who were chosen to the AVCA All-East Region teams. The duo was also named to the All-Ivy League first team along with teammate Kathleen Wallace, with Caroline Holte (second team) and Sindhu Vegesena (honorable mention) picking up all-conference honors as well. In addition, Cornelius became the seventh member of the Crimson to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Harvard also shared the Ivy League championship in 2014 with a 19-5 overall record and 12-2 mark against the Ancient Eight. The team set program records with its .792 win percentage and 12 Ivy victories, while its 19 overall wins stand as the fourth most in program history. Five individuals earned selection to the All-Ivy League teams, including Corinne Bain (first team), Caroline Walters (first team), Caroline Holte (second team), Sindhu Vegesena (honorable mention) and Grace Weghorst (honorable mention).
Harvard posted a 14-9 record and went 9-5 against the Ivy League in 2013, good for second place in the conference standings. Four members of the Crimson were recognized with all-conference selections, including Bain who was both a unanimous pick as the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year and a unanimous selection to the first team. Kathleen Wallace and Weghorst joined Bain on the squad, while Walters was named second team.
The Crimson men earned multiple program-bests in Aucoin’s first season on the bench including the highest AVCA national ranking at No. 13 Jan. 6. After posting the most EIVA wins in program history with an 11-3 mark, another record was set as Harvard garnered five All-EIVA accolades. Junior DJ White, who picked up his third first team nod, was joined by senior Nick Madden and classmate Caleb Zimmick. Senior Kyle Rehkemper was named to the second team along with freshman Nick Bendell, who also was tabbed to Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-America Team. Along the way to a 15-8 record, the Crimson concluded its season ranked fourth in the nation in digs per set (10.08) and 13th in the hitting percentage (.289).
The Crimson earned a fourth-consecutive trip to the EIVA Championships in Aucoin's second campaign with the men's squad, finishing second in conference play at 7-5, and tying the program's all-time highest ranking at No. 13 Feb. 9. Harvard received three selections to the All-EIVA first team in seniors DJ White and Caleb Zimmick and junior Branden Clemens, with Zimmick earning honorable mention All-America honors for the second-straight season. White finished his senior season as the first student-athlete in Harvard history to accumulate 1,000 kills and 500 digs. The Crimson ranked seventh in the country as a team in digs per set (9.66), 11th in hitting percentage (.277), and 12th in blocks per set (2.48).
Aucoin came to Cambridge after spending 2012-13 as an assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire. There he was responsible for film editing and exchange, opponent scouting reports, and worked on the court with the Wildcats’ blocking, serve receive and defense. Aucoin also handled game day management, organized team travel and assisted with recruiting. UNH saw a dramatic increase in its digs per set average with Aucoin on staff and earned a berth to the America East Tournament.
Aucoin began his coaching career as a student assistant at UNH editing film, scouting opponents and compiling post-game statistics. He also assisted with team travel as an undergraduate and was involved with on-court instruction. Aucoin served as the tournament director for the 2009 and 2010 UNH Wildcat Volleyball Invitational , and founded UNH’s women’s club volleyball team in 2010. He has also spent time working at various camps during the summer months, including the 2011 Butler University and Ball State University camps. In 2012 he was the recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches for Coaches Scholarship.
Aucoin was also a four-year member of the UNH men’s club volleyball team and served as club president and student leader from 2009-11. He was named tournament MVP after helping lead the Wildcats to the 2011 NCVF Division I-AA National Championship and was a four-year NECVL Regional All-Tournament Team selection.
Aucoin graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology focusing in sports studies. In 2013 he earned his master’s degree in physical education and sport from Ball State University where he was a MIVA Academic All-Conference selection as a member of the Cardinals’ Div. I varsity men’s volleyball team.