Tim Murphy

The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football


By any measure, Tim Murphy has led Harvard’s storied football program to its most prosperous era since the early 20th century. He looks to continue that trend in 2018, as he enters his 25th season as the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football.


One of the game’s finest teachers and motivators over the last quarter-century, Murphy is Harvard’s all-time winningest coach, and since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, only one Ivy coach, Carmen Cozza (179), has more wins than his 168. His Harvard teams have captured nine Ivy League championships (1997, 2001, ’04, ’07, ’08, ’11, ’13, ’14, ’15) and have combined to own the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision’s best record over the last 16 seasons (130-29, .818).


Murphy is the first Harvard coach since the iconic Percy Haughton to lead the Crimson to three unbeaten, untied seasons in his tenure (2001, ’04, ’14). Having previously coached five seasons at Cincinnati and two at Maine, Murphy owns career records of 195-111-1 overall, 163-66 with the Crimson and 17-6 in The Game, the annual rivalry tilt between Harvard and Yale.


A seven-time selection as New England Coach of the Year (1988, ’97, 2001, ’04, ’11,’14, ’16), Murphy was the American Football Monthly Division I-AA National Coach of the Year in 2004 and was also honored as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award for the top FCS coach nationally in 2001, ’04 and ’11. He was the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Head Coach of the Year in 2001 and ’11 and has also been recognized as the American Football Coaches Association District I Coach of the Year (2001) and the Scotty Whitelaw ECAC Division I-AA Coach of the Year (1997). Murphy was also named the inaugural recipient of the Ivy League Coach of the Year Award in 2014.






Joel Lamb

Asstistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterback Coach


Former Crimson quarterback Joel Lamb is in his 13th season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2018.


Lamb oversees the Crimson’s recruiting efforts in Massachusetts and the Midwestern states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Northern Ohio and Wisconsin.


In 2017, Harvard’s rushing attack ranked in the top half of the Ivy League, churning out 153 yards per game on the ground. First team All-Ivy League selection, Charlie Booker III led that charge, ranking third in the conference individual rushing.






Scott Larkee

Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Linebacker Coach


Former All-Ivy League linebacker Scott Larkee, the Gridiron Club of Boston’s 2012 Assistant Coach of the Year, is in his 10th season as defensive coordinator at Harvard and his 12th total season across two stints as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2018.


The 2017 season saw four of Harvard’s six All-Ivy selections come from the defensive side of the ball. The Crimson was second in the Ivy League in interceptions with 12, returning two for touchdowns, and ranked third in sacks with 26.


In 2016, the defense helped the Crimson to a 7-3 record, ranking No. 15 in the country with 21.0 points allowed per game. Harvard also sat seventh in the country in rushing defense, allowing just 98.3 yards per game. Six defensive players were named to an All-Ivy League team.





Jon Poppe

Assistant Coach, Secondary and Special Teams


Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, has announced the hiring of Jon Poppe to coach the secondary and special teams units.


“We are excited to welcome Jon and his family back to Harvard,” said Murphy. “He is a perceptive and relentless recruiter, an outstanding teacher and knows Harvard and the Ivy League from the inside and out.”


Poppe begins his second stint as an assistant with Crimson in 2018. Poppe previously served as the assistant secondary coach at Harvard from 2011-15 where he led one of the most stifling units in the country. In each of his seasons in Cambridge, the Harvard defense ranked in the top 25 in the nation in scoring defense and led the nation in that category in 2014 when the Crimson went 10-0 and won its 16th Ivy League title. Harvard also won the conference championship in 2013. Thirteen Crimson defensive backs earned All-Ivy League accolades under Poppe.





Michael Horan

Assistant Coach – Defensive Line


Michael Horan enters his 10th season as an assistant coach for Harvard football in 2018. Horan is in his seventh season in the top position with the defensive line after serving for three years as assistant defensive line coach.


He recruits student-athletes in the southwest United States, including Texas and Oklahoma.


For the second year in a row, two defensive linemen earned All-Ivy recognition, as Stone Hart and Richie Ryan were both honored by the conference. The Crimson finished third in the League with 26 sacks and was also third in run defense.






Logan Johnson

Assistant Coach -Defensive Ends


Logan Johnson joined the Harvard football staff as an assistant coach in March 2015 and begins his fourth season as a defensive line coach in 2018.


For the second year in a row, two defensive linemen earned All-Ivy recognition, as Stone Hart and Richie Ryan were both honored by the conference. The Crimson finished third in the League with 26 sacks and was also third in run defense.


Two members of the defensive line – DJ Bailey and Langston Ward – earned All-Ivy League recognition in 2016, as Harvard finished 7-3 overall. The Crimson defense ranked No. 7 in the country in rushing defense and 15th overall in points allowed per game.





Mickey Fein

Assistant Coach – Pass Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach


Mickey Fein begins his second season as Harvard’s wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator. In 2017, wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley was one two offensive players to garner All-Ivy recognition.


Fein, who spent the last nine seasons at Lafayette from 2008-16, including eight as offensive coordinator for the Leopards, has also worked at Murray State, Tennessee-Martin and Maine.


During his tenure at Lafayette, which included a stint as interim head coach in 2016, the Leopards qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2013 after winning the Patriot League title. He oversaw the quarterbacks and wide receivers in each of his nine seasons and coached three of Lafayette’s top 10 all-time quarterbacks in career passing yards.





Sajan Thakkar

Assistant Coach -Running Backs


In March 2018, Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, announced the hiring of Sajan Thakkar to coach the running backs.


“Sajan was simply the most knowledgeable, impressive coach we interviewed and had tremendous references,” said Murphy. “We are delighted to have him on our coaching staff.”


Thakker comes to Harvard after three successful years in a variety of coaching positions at SUNY Maritime. For the last two seasons, Thakkar served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Privateers flourished under Thakkar in 2017, averaging 37 points per game and posting a 9-2 record. Ten offensive players went on to earn all-ECAC honors.





Keegan Kennedy

Assistant Coach – Offensive Line


Harvard announced the hiring of Keegan Kennedy in Jan. 2019, joining the coaching staff as an offensive line coach following three seasons with Rhode Island. While at URI, Kennedy led an offensive line that helped the Rams offense average 351.9 yards per game during the 2018 season. In addition, Rhode Island’s offense improved to third in the CAA in scoring offense (30.8 points per game) and passing offense (230.3 yards per game) under Kennedy’s guidance.


Prior to joining Rhode Island’s staff, Kennedy spent time at Central Florida, serving as a multi-faceted member of the coaching staff from 2012-2015. Starting as a graduate assistant with the Knights, Kennedy climbed the ranks to become the tight ends and h-backs coach for UCF for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons. In addition to his responsibilities as a position coach, Kennedy served as the director of player personnel during the 2014 season, leading the recruiting department in evaluating and selecting the Knights 2015 signee class.


Kennedy jumpstarted his career with the John Carroll football program as an assistant offensive line and primary tight ends coach. While with the Blue Streaks, Kennedy also served as the program’s assistant strength and conditioning coach.






Anthony Fucillo

Assistant Coach – Safeties


Anthony Fucillo enters his second season as an assistant coach – defensive backs – for the Crimson in 2018. Harvard’s secondary finished the season second in the Ivy League with 12 interceptions, taking two back for touchdowns, in 2017.


Fucillo, who spent the 2014-16 seasons at Amherst College, has also enjoyed stints at WPI and Stonehill College. The quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Amherst, Fucillo was in charge of the passing game each week. He spent the 2013 season at WPI as the quarterbacks coach and pass game coordinator and was promoted to offensive coordinator before taking the position at Amherst.


During his previous stint with Amherst in 2012, Fucillo worked with the running backs and was as the tight end and fullbacks coach at Stonehill in 2011. A two-time captain and quarterback at Tufts, Fucillo graduated as the Jumbos’ highest-rated passer. After graduating in 2010, he played professionally for the Aalborg 89ers of the Danish National League.




Mike Morris

Director of Football Operations


Michael Morris was added to the Harvard football staff as the director of football operations in April 2015 and begins his fourth season with the Crimson in 2018. Morris came to Cambridge after spending the 2014 season as the assistant director of football operations at Dartmouth.


At Dartmouth, Morris was responsible for the organization and scheduling of unofficial visits and all game day recruiting responsibilities, as well as assisting in the coordination of official visits as it related to travel, preparing itineraries and executing logistics of the schedule. Morris was a liaison for the team to multiple departments at Dartmouth, and managed head coach Buddy Teevens’ schedule.


Prior to his stay at Dartmouth, Morris was an athletic operations intern at Boston College, assisting in all aspects of game management and the hiring, training and scheduling of student event staff workers.






James Frazier

Director of Strength & Conditioning


James Frazier started his role as the Crimson’s Director of Strength & Conditioning in February 2009. Frazier oversees all strength & conditioning aspects for the nation’s largest Division I athletic department with roughly 1,200 student-athletes.


The Palmer Dixon building hosts the Strength & Conditioning staff and boasts 24,000 square feet and the capability to accommodate large teams under one roof. The building is named for William Palmer Dixon ’25, who was a two-time national squash champion, a former president of the Harvard Varsity Club and a longtime supporter of Harvard’s athletics program.


Frazier was awarded one of Harvard’s 2011 Dean’s Distinction awards which honors outstanding Faculty of Arts & Sciences staff members whose hard work and skillful collaboration have made a lasting difference for the department.



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