CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Last week, The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith was presented with the Women's Professional Achievement Award during the Harvard College Women's Leadership Awards. Faculty, students and staff gathered at Pforzheimer House to recognize the award recipients for their achievements.
The Women's Professional Achievement Award is given annually to a woman who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and distinguished herself in her profession, in public service or in the arts. Delaney-Smith was honored for her contributions as a long-standing member of the Harvard community.
Delaney-Smith will enter her 38th season with the Harvard women's basketball team in 2019-20, becoming only one of four active Division I coaches to spend 37-plus years at one institution. Putting the Crimson on the map and expanding its reach both nationally and internationally as one of the longest tenured coaches in collegiate women's basketball, Delaney-Smith is the winningest head coach between men and women in Ivy League history.
Delaney-Smith has celebrated career milestones during her recent years with the Crimson, as she earned her 600th career victory during the 2018-19 season, joining a group of just 19 active coaches in Division I with at least 600 wins. Additionally, Harvard announced the endowment of her head coach position as The Friends of Harvard Women's Basketball Head Coach, becoming the 23rd head coach position to be endowed and the second all-alumnae driven effort at Harvard.
Now in their 22nd year, the annual awards coordinated by the Women's Center have recognized deserving women annually since 1998. The awards have a legacy of distinguished past recipients, including astronaut Stephanie Wilson '88 and Tina Tchen '78, chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama.