CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Recreation Andrea Lapointe and water polo head coach Ted Minnis were selected earlier this fall to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Committees, respectively.
Both committees are responsible for the organization and implementation of their respective national championship tournaments, including the determination of the participants and creation of the bracket. Their committee responsibilities expire in August 2027.
Lapointe joins University of California-Davis men’s water polo coach Daniel Leyson (August 2026 term expiration), University of the Pacific Deputy Director of Athletics Wes Yourth (August 2027 term expiration), Iona University men’s and women’s water polo Brian Kelly (August 2026 term expiration) and Washington & Jefferson College men’s and women’s water polo coach Nikola Malezanov (August 2024 term expiration) on the men’s water polo committee.
Minnis joins Indiana University women’s water polo head coach Taylor McInerney (August 2024 term expiration), University of California-Irvine Senior Associate Director of Athletics Erica Monteabaro (August 2027 term expiration – eligible for reappointment), Gannon University Associate Director of Athletics Dan Teliski (August 2025 term expiration) and University of Redlands Associate Director of Athletics Rachel Roche (August 2025 term expiration) on the women’s committee.
About Andrea Lapointe:
Andrea Lapointe joined Harvard Athletics in a full-time capacity in August of 2013, and currently serves as Senior Associate Director of Athletics, a post she has held since September 2023. She previously served at the Crimson’s Associate and Assistant Director of Athletics, overseeing recreation and student-athlete development.
Lapointe oversees the department’s broad offerings in recreation, club sports and intramurals, all of which has a direct impact on 75 percent of the university’s undergraduate population in terms of its opportunities to engage in health and wellness activities. Harvard currently has 65 club sport programs and an intramural program that features more than 3,000 participants per year. The facilities that are utilized for recreation purposes, meanwhile, attract over 500,000 visitors annually.
Lapointe, additionally, works directly with the men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s water polo teams as their program manager. Lapointe launched the Crimson360 program in 2018, which helps guide student-athletes in leadership, life skills, community building and professional development. She was previously Assistant Director of Athletics with the events staff, assisting with internal and external events, camps and clinics.
Prior to her time with the events unit, Lapointe served as Harvard’s Travel and Operations Coordinator, where she coordinated travel for all of the Crimson’s 42 varsity sports, scheduling of all athletic facilities and assisted with event management. She served as an Athletic Event and Facility Operations Intern at Harvard during the 2012-13 academic year, where she acted as the primary event manager for field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s volleyball, softball, track and field and wrestling, while also assisting with football operations. Lapointe also coordinated schedules for 17 athletic facilities, served as lead manager of four facilities and was the main point-of-contact and on-site director for non-Harvard events including the Major League Lacrosse Championship.
A graduate of Ithaca in 2012 with a Master’s of Science in sports management, she served as a graduate assistant in the athletic department where she managed 160-plus home sport events, directed all swimming competitions and advised and oversaw the student athlete advisory committee. Lapointe also provided support during the NCAA Division III women’s soccer and women’s basketball regional tournaments hosted by Ithaca.
Lapointe, who resides in Brighton, Mass., completed her bachelors of arts in media studies with a minor in business administration from the University of Southern Maine in 2011.
About Ted Minnis:
Ted Minnis enters his 14th year as The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach in 2023-24. Minnis is the 10th coach in Harvard men’s and women’s water polo history, and the first individual to serve in the role since the position was endowed in May 2013.
In 2023, Minnis helped lead a record-breaking season for the Crimson including registering 20+ wins for the eighth season in a row with the men’s program while reaching the CWPA Championship game for the second straight season on the women’s side. The men’s program saw impressive seasons from James Rozolis-Hill and Noah Hodge who both broke program records in 2023 while also earning multiple NWPC and All-America accolades. The women’s program finished the season with another trip to the CWPA Championship game after upsetting No.9 Michigan in the semi-finals – the first win over the Wolverines in program history. Earlier in the season Harvard defeated No. 8 Arizona State for its first victory over a top 10 team in program history. To finish the season the trio of Brooke Hourigan, Zoe Banks, and Grace Thawley earned All-America honors.
During the women’s campaign in 2022, Minnis led the team to its first-ever CWPA Championship game appearance on his way to earning CWPA Coach of the Year for the second time with the women’s team. The team went on to post a 23-7 overall record, the second-highest single season win total in program history. The seven losses also marked the least amount in varsity program history, barring the shortened 2020 season. The Crimson boasted a quartet of All-Conference honorees including Zoe Banks, Inde Halligan, Grace Thawley and Evan Tingler. All four student-athletes also gained ACWPC All-America honors, including a spot on the third team for Halligan.
Returning to competition in 2021, Minnis led the men’s team to its third-highest win total in program history, amassing 26 wins. The Crimson was ranked as high as No. 11 in the CWPA National Rankings during the season, as Minnis guided a trio of All-America honorees in Noah Hodge, Alex Tsotadze, and Gabe Putnam. Tsotadze, meanwhile, was named NWPC Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the season.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 men’s water polo and 2021 women’s water polo seasons were canceled by the Ivy League.
In a shortened 2020 season, Minnis guided the women’s program to a 12-2 overall record, including victories over three ranked opponents. The team saw three players win CWPA weekly honors over four separate occasions and reached a season-high national rank of No. 17.
Minnis guided the Crimson men to a historic season in 2019, earning an undefeated 27-0 record through regular season play and breaking program records for best start to a season and most consecutive wins. In its sixth consecutive 20-win season, Harvard defeated Princeton to become the new NWPC Champion. Four members of the Crimson – seniors Charlie Owens and Austin Sechrest, junior Dennis Blyashov and sophomore Noah Hodge – earned First Team All-NWPC honors while Owens was named MVP of the conference. Minnis was named NWPC Coach of the Year as well as NWPC Coach of the Tournament. He earned his 200th career victory with the men’s program in the NWPC championship match.
Minnis led the men’s program to its fifth consecutive season with 20 or more wins, completing the year with a 22-8 overall record and a second-place finish in the Northeast Water Polo Conference for the 2018 season. For the second straight year, he guided junior Austin Sechrest and sophomore Dennis Blyashov to All-America Honors. Additionally, Minnis aided three Crimson players, Blyashov, Sechrest and first-year Noah Hodge, First Team All-NWPC honors for the first time in program history while Sechrest was named NWPC Most Valuable Player of the Year. In another set of firsts, the Palo Alto, Calif., native shocked the water polo community as he coached the program to its first victory over a top-three ranked opponent after defeating then No. 3 California with a triple overtime 15-14 victory on Sept. 15.
Upon conclusion of the 2019 season, the women’s team boasted its best season since 2016 and the fifth time in program history with a 20-win season and finished with 21-8 overall record. Minnis also led the women to its first NCAA program shutout on Feb. 3 in a dominant 17-0 victory against La Salle. In continuing a tradition of post season accolades, Minnis aided senior Kristen Hong to her second-consecutive year collecting ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention honors in addition to All-CWPA and All-Tournament first team honors to conclude her unprecedented career. Additionally, Minnis coached sophomore Mathilde Ribordy and first-year Grace Thawley to second team honors.
During the 2017 campaign with the men’s team, Minnis helped lead the Crimson to a 24-8 overall record, a second-straight Northeast Water Polo Conference title and a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The men’s team concluded its season with a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in Los Angeles. He also helped guide freshman Dennis Blyashov to All-America third team and NWPC Rookie of the Year recognition, along with sophomore Austin Sechrest who was named an All-America honorable mention.
Coach Minnis became the winningest coach in Harvard water polo history for both the men’s and women’s programs during the 2016-17 season. On the men’s side, Minnis won his program-best 100th game on the opening day of the 2016 season against then-No. 10 UC Davis. Minnis and the Crimson finished with an overall record of 27-7, pushing his then-total to 125 victories. He is also became the all-time leader in wins for the women’s water polo program with 111 total wins, surpassing Chris Hafferty’s total of 81 wins during the 2014-15 campaign.
The 2016 Harvard men’s water polo team recorded its third-straight season with 20-plus wins for the first time in school history and defeated a program record 13 ranked opponents. Harvard reached as high as No. 8 in the CWPA poll, marking its highest ranking ever. The Crimson won the first conference championship in school history, taking home the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Championship and clinching its first-ever NCAA Championship appearance. Harvard went on to win its first NCAA tournament game with a victory over No. 12 Bucknell, before defeating No. 9 UC Davis to secure a spot in the NCAA Final Four.
Minnis was recognized as the Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men’s Coaching Award winner of 2016. He won the award for the Northeast zone earlier in the year, before being voted as the national recipient by a panel of judges.
Minnis was selected as the 2016 USA Water Polo Zone Award Winner at the conclusion of the season for the Northeast. He helped guide Joey Colton to second-team All-America honors and Noah Harrison to All-America honorable mention. Colton, along with Dan Stevens, was named NWPC first team as well.
On the women’s side in 2016-17, Minnis helped lead the Crimson to a 15-14 mark and its highest finish since 2000 at the CWPA Championships. A team that allowed less than eight goals a game throughout the year, the Crimson powered past Indiana to reach the semifinals and ultimately record fourth overall at the tournament.
In 2015, Coach Minnis guided the men’s program to a 21-10 overall record and one of its most historic seasons in program history. Harvard reached as high as No. 12 in the CWPA poll, and the Crimson finished third at the CWPA Championship and advanced to the semifinals for the first time during Minnis’ tenure. Harvard downed three top-10 opponents on the season and six ranked opponents, both program firsts. Minnis was honored as the CWPA Northern Division Coach of the Year for the second time and guided several members of the Crimson to postseason accolades. Anthony Ridgley was named CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the year, Ben Zepfel and Joey Colton earned nods on the first team, while Noah Harrison, Dan Stevens and Colin Woolway were named to the second team.
The women’s team enjoyed one of its most successful seasons yet in its sixth season under Minnis, finishing the year at 24-10, recording the first back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. The Crimson checked in at No. 13 in the CWPA rankings from March 23 – April 6 for its highest ranking ever, while also marking a program first with nine wins against top-25 teams this season. The Crimson defeated the No. 13 ranked opponent twice, downing its highest ranked opponent in program history. Yoshi Andersen and Cleo Harrington earned CWPA Division I/II first team all-conference honors, while Melissa Balding was tabbed to the second team.
The women’s program was strong in his fifth season going 20-13, the most wins since 2004. For the team’s performance throughout the 2015 season, coach Minnis was named the CWPA Division I/II Coach of the Year, the first such honor obtained by a Harvard women’s water polo coach. The 20 wins put Minnis atop the all-time wins list at 87 wins in just five seasons. The Crimson also had four players earn All-CWPA Division I/II honors, including Yoshi Andersen earning a first team nod.
Coach Minnis also led the men’s program to a 22-10 overall record in 2014, its best finish under his tenure and the most wins since 2000. For the first time, Harvard went undefeated on its annual California road trip, going 5-0 including an upset victory over then-No. 16 Whittier. The Crimson finished second at the CWPA Northern Division Championship for the second consecutive season, after upsetting then-No. 17 St. Francis and narrowly falling to, the eventual Northern and Eastern champions, Brown in the championship game. Harvard’s strong season earned them numerous accolades. Sophomore Joey Colton was named the CWPA Northern Player of the Year and freshman Colin Chiapello was named the CWPA Northern Rookie of the Year, junior Ben Zepfel was named to the CWPA All-Northern first team for the second consecutive season, while sophomore Blake Lee and junior Collin Woolway were named to the CWPA All-Northern second team.
In his fourth season at the helm in 2013-14, both programs continued to grow crossing the double-digit wins mark for a fourth consecutive season. The men finished the season 18-14 and took second place at the CWPA Northern Championship. Coach Minnis was named 2013 CWPA Coach of the Year along with three players earning All-CWPA Northern Division honors, led by Ben Zepfel being named to the first team. The women’s side earned 15 wins in its fourth season under coach Minnis and took fourth place at the CWPA Northern Championships. Melissa Balding was named the 2014 Rookie of the Year, becoming the first ever women’s player to earn that honor. She was joined by Yoshi Andersen who earn first team honors and Shayna Price who was named to the season team.
In 2012-13, Minnis directed both programs to double-digit wins and berths in the CWPA Eastern Championships. The men’s team finished fourth at the CWPA Northern Division Championships, its highest finish since 2007, on its way to a seventh-place finish at Easterns. The men’s team also performed well out of the pool, as 13 Crimson were named CWPA Student-Athletes for the second consecutive season.
The 2013 season saw Minnis direct the women’s program to its longest win streak, eight games, since water polo became an NCAA sport in 2001. Harvard ended the year 18-16 to give itself three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-02. The squad also went on to place sixth at the Eastern Championships, tied for the fifth-best finish in program history. Aisha Price ’13 (first team), Ariel Dukes ’15 (second team) and Yoshi Andersen ’16 (second team) were all named to the CWPA All-Southern Division team.
On the women’s side, Harvard completed its second straight winning season (17-12) in 2012 and won four out of five regular season Southern Division contests. The squad, which finished in seventh place at the CWPA Eastern Championships, had one of the biggest wins in recent years, as it took down No. 20 Hartwick, 12-11, on Senior Night. Six Crimson players won a combined 10 Player of the Week awards while Devan Kennifer ’12 (first team) and Elise Molnar ’13 (second team) were named All-Southern Division.
In his first season as a collegiate head coach and first year in charge of the Crimson in 2010-11, Minnis showed immediate success. The men’s squad won its most games (12) in three seasons and matched its CWPA Northern Division Championship finish (fifth) from the previous year. The men’s team also finished third at the Ivy Championships and boasted 13 CWPA Scholar-Athletes and ACWPC All-Academic award winners.
The women’s team was also instantly successful during Minnis’ first season. The Crimson women logged 17 victories, its most wins in six years, and its first above .500 record since 2005. The team had two CWPA Southern Division All-Conference players in Devan Kennifer ’12 and Monica Zdrojewski ’12 and had five different players earn CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week or Rookie of the Week honors during the season.
Minnis, who has competed and coached at the youth, club and high school level, came to Cambridge after serving as the interim director of athletics, aquatics director and head water polo and swim coach as Castilleja School in Palo Alto, Calif.
Minnis is a veteran coach at the Stanford Club. During his 10-plus years of service, he won two Junior Olympic bronze medals, a U.S. Club Championship and finished among the top 10 at various national tournaments numerous times. Minnis served as the head coach for the Olympic Development Program Pacific Zone for three years and in 2009 worked with the National Youth team staff. Most recently, his teams picked up a pair of silver medals at the 16 and Under Olympic Development Regional Championship and Zone Championship.
In 2007, Minnis was named the USA Water Polo Development Coach of the Year and in 2005 and 2007 was a Positive Coaching Alliance finalist for coach of the year.
Information courtesy Harvard University Athletics Communications