Bob Scalise the Nichols Family Director of Athletics, has announced the hiring of Ted Minnis as the men’s and women’s head water polo coach at Harvard. Minnis will serve as the 10th coach in both programs history.
Minnis, who has competed and coached at the youth, club and high school level, comes to Cambridge after serving as the interim director of athletics, aquatics director and head water polo and swim coach as Castilleja School in Palo Alto, Calif.
“We are please that Ted will be joining our staff to coach our men’s and women’s water polo teams,” Scalise said.”We look forward to working with Ted to move our water polo programs forward in their quest to be one of the top teams in the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
“After reviewing dozens of qualified candidates I feel confident we hired the best person for the position,” Scalise added. “His philosophy matches the Department of Athletics Mission Statement as he will serve as a positive role model for our student-athletes in and out of the pool. Ted is a passionate, dedicated leader who will thrive at the collegiate level.”
“I am very excited for the opportunity of leading the Harvard Water Polo program,” Minnis stated. “Being able to work at a great institution, with such a high caliber of scholar athletes, and a great athletic department is a dream come true. I cannot wait to step on campus and begin this great journey.”
Minnis is a veteran coach at the Stanford Club. During his 10 plus years of service, he has won two Junior Olympic bronze medals, a U.S. Club Championship and finished among the top 10 at various national tournaments numerous times.. For the last three years, Minnis has served as the head coach for the Olympic Development Program Pacific Zone and in 2009 worked with the National Youth team staff. Most recently, his teams picked up a pair of silver medals at the 16 and Under Olympic Development Regional Championship and Zone Championship
In 2007, Minnis was named the USA Water Polo Development Coach of the Year and in 2005 and 2007 was a Positive Coaching Alliance finalist for coach of the year.