Multiple national champion recruits commit to Harvard for 2021 season

Photo Courtesy of Gil Talbot and Harvard athletics

Three high school seniors who led their club teams to the medal podium at the top national events will join Harvard next season.

The Crimson announced earlier this week that James Bardin, Jeffrey Kwan and Trevor Schultz have all committed to play for the EIVA school starting in 2021.

“The Class of 2024 will bring talent, athleticism and experience to our roster next year,” Harvard coach Brian Baise said in a statement. “Trevor, James and Jeffrey have all competed at the highest junior levels, and we look forward to working with them in the next stage of their volleyball careers. But we’re equally excited about their contributions off the court. They are high-character, team-first players and they will play an important role in our continual efforts to build a healthy and strong team culture.”


Bardin, a 6-foot-7 setter from Aliso Viejo, California, guided his team to three consecutive bronze medal finishes at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship and was twice named to the All-Tournament Team. He also was a first-team all-conference selection with his high school team last year.

Kwan, a 5-foot-11 libero and outside attacker from Cupertino, California, won a gold medal with his club team at the 2019 Boys’ Junior National Championship. In addition, Kwan was a two-time all-conference selection with his high school team and helped the school reach the Northern California championship match in 2018 and 2019.

Schultz, a 6-foot-6 middle attacker from Saint Augustine, Florida, won an AAU national championship with his club team last year. He also twice won gold medals at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

Harvard went 9-6 during the shortened 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic, including victories against No. 15 George Mason and the defending ConfCarolinas champions Barton.