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Tjerk Van Herwaarden

 
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Tjerk van Herwaarden, who won five national championships in seven seasons on the coaching staff at Maryland, took over as head coach at Harvard in 2012.

He completed his seventh season with the Crimson in 2018.

In 2018, Harvard field hockey recorded its best season in program history, with van Herwaarden taking home Ivy League Coach of the Year honors, and his staff named the NFHCA Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year. The Crimson finished the year at 17-2 (7-0 Ivy League), recording its best season in program history as the Crimson won its fifth Ivy League title, and earned its sixth NCAA Tournament bid, reaching the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time ever with a 6-1 win over No. 9 Penn State in the first round. Harvard set a school marks for wins (17) and wins in a row (14), and had the highest national ranking (No. 6) since the program's inception in 1974. Junior Bente van Vlijmen earned Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors. First-year goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. Nine individuals earned All-Ivy League honors with a conference-best five players on the All-Ivy First Team.

In 2017, Harvard finished with a 13-4 record, the most wins in program history. Tjerk van Herwaarden led the Crimson to seven straight wins during the season, matching the program record for wins in a row en route to the highest national ranking (13) in program history. Harvard defeated ranked opponents Pacific (25) and Boston University (21), and beat rival Yale, 2-1 in overtime. Six members of the team earned All-Ivy recognition, and Mimi Tarrant was named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year.

The resurgence of the Harvard field hockey team came full circle in 2016 as van Herwaarden led the Crimson to a 12-6 overall record and a 7-0 Ivy League mark. The 12 wins matched the program single-season record for wins in a season and 2017 was the first time Harvard finished unbeaten in Ivy play. For his efforts, van Herwaarden was named Ivy League and NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. Harvard captured its fourth-ever Ivy League title and first outright championship since 1990. It also appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history. van Herwaarden's student-athletes earned seven All-Ivy honors, three all-region recognitions and two players were tabbed All-America.