Harvard Athletics Establishes The James Herscot ’58 Coach of Excellence

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard Athletics has announced the creation of The James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence, adding to a rich tradition of head coach distinctions.

Endowed by James Herscot '58, this title is to be awarded to an outstanding coach of a Harvard team at the discretion of The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics. This honor is created to recognize, on an ongoing basis, significant achievements in teaching and coaching by outstanding Harvard coaches. Therefore, the Director of Athletics will make rotating appointments of this honor to coaches of the highest caliber.

 "Jim Herscot has been a very loyal friend and supporter of Harvard and our Athletics program," said Bob Scalise. "Our coaches have an enormous impact on the education of our students—and help our students and teams pursue excellence. Jim's generosity makes it possible to recognize the tremendous work that they do."

The James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence is Harvard Athletics' 26th endowment. The Coach of Excellence title will be carried in addition to other coaching titles the individual may have. Income from this fund may assist with professional development and general program support, among other expenses.

Herscot, a Lowell, Massachusetts native, was a varsity lacrosse player and team captain during his time as a student-athlete at Harvard. As a senior in 1958, he was an honorable mention All-America selection and helped Harvard to what was then its second-winningest season. Herscot serves on the Friends of Harvard Lacrosse Board of Directors today and has remained a loyal supporter to the men's lacrosse program, as well as the Department, over the years.

Herscot founded Princeton Properties in 1973, helping create a multifaceted real estate company that has built 38 communities throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The organization has earned national recognition in each year since 1995.

The success of Harvard Athletics is built on a foundation of coaching excellence. Exemplary coaches are skillful stewards of the long tradition that is Harvard Athletics. Their teaching and mentorship of Harvard's athletes results in skilled players who graduate with friendships and experiences that last a lifetime. The quality of Harvard's coaches is a key factor in a student's decision to participate in Harvard Athletics. The quality of athletes, in turn, helps attract the best coaches, reinforcing a self-perpetuating cycle of excellence.