Jennifer Weiss
Jennifer Weiss
Title: Head Coach of Women's Volleyball
Phone: (617) 496-7390
Previous College: Bentley College 1988
Experience: 28th Season

Head coach Jennifer Weiss has completed 27 seasons at the helm of the Crimson and has led the program to three Ivy League championships; 2004, 2014 and 2015.

In 27 seasons with the Crimson, Weiss has proven to be one of the most successful coaches in the Ivy League, and is just the third head coach in Ancient Eight history to reach 300 career victories. She has mentored seven Ivy Rookies of the Year, including 2015 pick Christina Cornelius and unanimous selection Corinne Bain in 2013. 2001 Ivy Rookie of the Year recipient Kaego Ogbechie ’05, meanwhile, went on to become the first two-time Ivy Player of the Year in Harvard history. Weiss has also coached 78 All-Ivy players during her tenure, including 2012 graduate Christine Wu who joined Elissa Hart ‘98, Maia Forman ‘89 and Erin Denniston ‘02 as one of only four four-time All-Ivy honorees in program history.

In 2014 Weiss was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year after leading the Crimson to a share of the Ivy League championship, and in 2018 Weiss earned her 150th career win in the Ivy League. Additionally, Weiss has served on the AVCA Head Coach Committee for Division I Volleyball and the AVCA All-America Committee for the Northeast Region. 

Harvard earned a share of its second-straight Ivy League championship in 2015 and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history after defeating Princeton in the Ivy League Playoff, 3-1. The Crimson traveled to fourth-seeded Nebraska for its inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament, and defeated the Huskers in the first set on their home floor before eventually falling, 3-1.

Weiss directed Harvard women's volleyball to a share of its first Ivy League championship in 2004, and in 2014 the Crimson returned to the top of the conference. Harvard finished the year with a 19-5 (.792) overall record, marking the highest win percentage in program history. The team's 19 overall wins, meanwhile, ranked as the fourth most in program history with its 12-2 Ivy record standing as the best in program history. This all came after a 2013 campaign in which the team finished second in the Ancient Eight with a 14-9 overall record and 9-5 in conference.

From 2007 to 2009, Weiss helped the Crimson move up the ranks of the Ivy League, finishing seventh in 2007, fifth in 2008 and fourth in 2009.

After a frustrating 2005, the Crimson rebounded with a solid campaign in 2006. Harvard posted an 11-14 overall record and went 5-9 in league play despite an injury to the starting libero. Three Crimson players received All-Ivy League recognition. Then-junior Suzie Trimble '08 earned second team All-Ivy honors, while classmate Laura Mahon '08 and then-freshman Katherine Kocurek '10 received honorable mention.

The 2004 Harvard squad posted a 15-10 record and went 10-4 in Ivy play. Weiss also tutored Ivy Player of the Year Kaego Ogbechie '05 and Rookie of the Year Laura Mahon '08.

Weiss' 2002 edition of the Crimson posted a 14-11 record that included a 12-2 run through the heart of the season. Weiss earned the 150th win of her career in 2003 with a 3-0 blanking of Princeton.

Weiss guided the 1999 Harvard squad to the final of the Ivy League tournament, where the Crimson dropped a tough five-set decision. That team compiled a 20-13 record, one of three times that Weiss has guided Harvard to at least 20 victories.

She posted her best season in 1997, when she led the Crimson to a perfect 7-0 record in regular season league play and an impressive 25-9 record overall. The team set a school record for victories, eclipsing the 21-win mark set by Weiss' 1995 squad.

Weiss served as Harvard's assistant coach for one year prior to her appointment as the head coach in 1993. In her rookie season at the helm, her squad tripled its win total from the previous year with a 9-16 mark. After improving to 12 wins in her second season, Weiss guided Harvard to a 21-10 mark in 1995, the program's first winning campaign since 1989.

A 1988 graduate of Bentley College with a bachelor's degree in finance, Weiss was a four-year starter for the Lady Falcons. She earned Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year honors and was an all-conference player all four years. Weiss helped her team to the Northeast-10 title in two of her four seasons and was inducted into the Bentley College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

Weiss went on to earn her Master's of education from Springfield College in 1992. While at Springfield, she served as a graduate assistant with the women's volleyball program. In addition to her duties at Harvard, Weiss has also coached the Mass Patriots club team.

Weiss lives in Ashland with her husband, Jay, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, and their two sons - Colby and Keegan.