ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Jennifer Weiss
Jennifer Weiss
Title: Head Coach of Women's Volleyball
Organization: W Volleyball
Phone: (617) 496-7390
Email: jaweiss@fas.harvard.edu
Alma Mater: Bentley College 1988
Experience: 22nd Season

Head coach Jennifer Weiss has completed 21 seasons at the helm of the Crimson. The longest tenured coach in Harvard women's volleyball history, Weiss earned her 250th career win on Senior Night against Cornell in 2012 and notched her 100th career Ivy League victory at Brown in the final match of the season.

In 21 seasons with the Crimson, Weiss has proven to be one of the most successful coaches in the Ivy League. She has mentored six Ivy Rookies of the Year, including unanimous selection Corinne Bain in 2013 and the 2001 recipient Kaego Ogbechie '05, who went on to become the first two-time Ivy Player of the Year in Harvard history. As a sophomore, Ogbechie became just the second player in Ivy League history to be named an AVCA Regional All-American. Weiss has also coached 52 All-Ivy players during her tenure, including 2012 graduate Christine Wu who joined Elissa Hart '98, Maia Forman '89 and Erin Denniston '02 as one of only four four-time All-Ivy honorees in program history.

Weiss led Harvard volleyball to a share of its first Ivy League championship in 2004 and continues to find success in and out of league play. In 2013 the Crimson finished second with a 14-9 overall record and 9-5 in conference, marking the team's best overall and league record since that '04 season. Harvard also went 9-2 at home in 2013, the best home record in program history.

From 2007 to 2009, Weiss helped the Crimson move up the ranks of the Ivy League, finishing seventh in 2007, fifth in 2008 and fourth in 2009.

After a frustrating 2005, the Crimson rebounded with a solid campaign in 2006. Harvard posted an 11-14 overall record and went 5-9 in league play despite an injury to the starting libero. Three Crimson players received All-Ivy League recognition. Then-junior Suzie Trimble '08 earned second team All-Ivy honors, while classmate Laura Mahon '08 and then-freshman Katherine Kocurek '10 received honorable mention.

The 2004 Harvard squad posted a 15-10 record and went 10-4 in Ivy play. Weiss also tutored Ivy Player of the Year Kaego Ogbechie '05 and Rookie of the Year Laura Mahon '08.

Weiss' 2002 edition of the Crimson posted a 14-11 record that included a 12-2 run through the heart of the season. Weiss earned the 150th win of her career in 2003 with a 3-0 blanking of Princeton.

Weiss guided the 1999 Harvard squad to the final of the Ivy League tournament, where the Crimson dropped a tough five-set decision. That team compiled a 20-13 record, one of three times that Weiss has guided Harvard to at least 20 victories.

She posted her best season in 1997, when she led the Crimson to a perfect 7-0 record in regular season league play and an impressive 25-9 record overall. The team set a school record for victories, eclipsing the 21-win mark set by Weiss' 1995 squad.

Weiss served as Harvard's assistant coach for one year prior to her appointment as the head coach in 1993. In her rookie season at the helm, her squad tripled its win total from the previous year with a 9-16 mark. After improving to 12 wins in her second season, Weiss guided Harvard to a 21-10 mark in 1995, the program's first winning campaign since 1989.

A 1988 graduate of Bentley College with a bachelor's degree in finance, Weiss was a four-year starter for the Lady Falcons. She earned Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year honors and was an all-conference player all four years. Weiss helped her team to the Northeast-10 title in two of her four seasons and was inducted into the Bentley College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

Weiss went on to earn her Master's of education from Springfield College in 1992. While at Springfield, she served as a graduate assistant with the women's volleyball program. In addition to her duties at Harvard, Weiss has also coached the Mass Patriots club team.

Weiss lives in Ashland with her husband, Jay, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, and their two sons - Colby and Keegan.