Harvard hires former Ball State player as new assistant coach

A former Ball State men’s volleyball outside attacker will be coaching in the EIVA for the upcoming season.

The Harvard athletics department announced Wednesday that it hired Jeff Aucoin has an assistant coach for the Crimson women’s and men’s volleyball teams for the 2013-14 school year.

Aucoin transferred to Ball State for his senior season in 2012 after leading New Hamphsire to the 2011 national championship for college club volleyball and being named the tournament’s most valuable player. In his one season with Ball State, Aucoin appeared in 15 matches and helped the Cardinals reach the MIVA Tournament semifinals.


Aucoin after graduating from Ball State spent last season as an assistant coach for the New Hampshire women’s volleyball team, which finished with its first winning record in program history since 2007.

“Jeff is going to play a pivotal role for us as we work to improve and strengthen our program in the years ahead,” Harvard head coach Brian Baise, said in a statement released Wednesday. “He is multi-talented and his diverse experience will make him a very valuable addition to both coaching staffs. We are fortunate to have Jeff joining us this summer.”

The Crimson ended last season in third place in the EIVA and advanced to the conference tournament championship match for the first time in their program history. In addition, Harvard in the regular season became the first team in five years to defeat Penn State in conference play and was ranked as high as No. 14 in the national coaches poll.