|Alma Mater:||New Hampshire '11|
Jeffrey Aucoin has completed his first season as an assistant coach for the Harvard men’s and women’s volleyball teams, filling a newly created position that will serve both programs.
With Aucoin on the sidelines, the Harvard women posted a 14-9 overall record in 2013 and went 9-5 against the Ivy League, good for second place in the conference standings. The Crimson's 14 total wins and nine conference victories marked the most for the program since 2004, while its 9-2 record at home was a program best. Four members of the Crimson were recognized with all-conference selections, including Corinne Bain who was both a unanimous pick as the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year and a unanimous selection to the first team. Sophomore Kathleen Wallace and freshman Grace Weghorst joined Bain on the squad, while junior Caroline 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).
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.