|Title:||Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs|
|Previous College:||Bentley 2011|
|Recruits:||Recruiting Areas: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia|
Mike Donovan rejoined the Harvard football staff as an assistant coach in March 2014 and enters his fourth season with the Crimson in 2017. His recruiting areas include Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia.
Donovan, who served as an assistant football operations coordinator at Harvard from 2011-12, works with the defensive backs in his second stint with the Crimson.
The 2016 secondary helped the Crimson to a 7-3 overall record, as the defense ranked 15th in the country in points allowed per game. Captain Sean Ahern, Raishaun McGhee and Tanner Lee earned All-Ivy League nods.
In 2015, Harvard’s secondary helped to hold opponents to an average of 13.0 points per game. The Crimson won its 17th Ivy League title and third-straight. Sean Ahern, who was elected the Harvard’s 143rd captain, was unanimously selected to All-Ivy first team. Chris Evans and Asante Gibson were also named to All-Ancient Eight teams.
In 2014, the Crimson posted the program's 17th undefeated, untied record, going 10-0 overall and winning the team's 16th Ivy title. The defensive line was at the center of the championship run, helping the Crimson rank first in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 points allowed per game) and fourth in rushing defense (86.8 yards allowed per game). Zack Hodges was named the co-recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, as Ivy Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and was one of three defensive linemen to be named to the All-Ivy team.
Donovan, a native of Stoughton, Massachusetts, was previously a defensive quality control assistant at Delaware for the 2013 season, helping the Blue Hens finish with a 7-5 overall mark. While at Delaware, Donovan oversaw film breakdown and organizing official recruiting visits.
A 2011 graduate from Bentley with a degree in corporate finance and accounting, he earned his master’s degree in taxation from Bentley later that year. He began his coaching career at Stoughton High School, serving as defensive line and wide receivers coach in 2009. He then worked with the wide receivers as a student coach at Bentley in 2010.