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Cory Olcott
Cory Olcott
Title: Volunteer Coach
Previous College: Northwestern '91
Experience: Fourth Season

Cory Olcott joined Harvard’s men’s water polo coaching staff for the 2015 season as a volunteer coach and is now in his fourth season. Olcott enters his third year as a volunteer coach for the women’s program in 2018-19.

During his third year with the Crimson, Harvard men's water polo collected back-to-back Northeast Water Polo Conference titles and a second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The men's team concluded it's season with a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in Los Angeles. During the season, freshman Dennis Blyashov earned All-America third-team and NEWPC Rookie of the Year recognition, along with sophomore Austin Sechrest who was named an All-America honorable mention. The Crimson finished 2017 with a 24-8 overall record and ended the season at No. 11 in the CWPA poll. On the women's side, Harvard finished with a 17-19 overall record, including six victories over ranked opponents.

In Olcott’s second year with Crimson, Harvard reached heights it had never seen before. The Crimson finished an all-time best 27-7, winning 20-plus games for the third consecutive season, a first in Harvard water polo history. The Crimson defeated a program-record 13 ranked opponents and was ranked as high as No. 8 in the CWPA poll. Harvard won its first conference championship in school history, taking home the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Championship and clinching the first-ever NCAA Championship berth in school history. Olcott and the Crimson finished the year with two NCAA tournament victories to earn a spot in the NCAA Final Four. On the women's side, the Crimson finished 15-14 while earning its highest finish at the CWPA Championships since 2000 with a fourth-place mark.

In his first season, Olcott was key in guiding Harvard to a 21-10 record as it posted one of the most memorable seasons in program history. Olcott helped Harvard to numerous firsts on the season as it reached No. 12 in the CWPA poll, defeated three top-10 opponents, downed six ranked opponents and tied the best finish in program history with a third-place showing at the CWPA Championship.

Olcott came to Cambridge after serving as the head women’s water polo coach at Wellesley College for the 2014-15 season. While at Wellesley, Olcott took the reins of a previously winless squad and led them to a second-place finish at the Yale Invitational in his lone year at the helms.

Prior to his stint at Wellesley, Olcott served as a coach at the Stanford water polo club from 2007-10. Olcott led the club to the national and junior national championship in 2009 and developed two junior Olympic All-Americans during his tenure. Olcott also served as head coach of the women’s water polo team at Palo Alto High School from 2007-09, where he placed five players in Division I programs.

Olcott made his first mark at the collegiate level as an assistant coach on the Stanford women’s water polo team from 1995-97. The Cardinal ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation and claimed the Pac-12 title in his second year.

Olcott began his coaching career at Menlo High School, where he founded the women’s water polo team and served as head coach from 1992-94.  During his tenure, he led the program to a 29-1 record in his final season and placed a total of 11 athletes in Division I programs.

Olcott graduated from Northwestern in 1991 with a bachelor of arts in English literature. He received his master of arts in Education and English from Stanford in 1993 before he earned his school leadership program master of education from Harvard in 2012.

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