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Kathy Delaney-Smith

Kathy Delaney-Smith is the head coach of Harvard's women's basketball team. The winningest head coach in Ivy League history, Delaney-Smith is entering her 40th season with Harvard basketball. Delaney-Smith has put Harvard basketball on the map and expanded its reach both nationally and internationally as one of the longest tenured coaches in collegiate women’s basketball.


Delaney-Smith’s career success cannot be measured by the numbers alone, although on their own, the numbers are impressive enough. Delaney-Smith owns a 38-year coaching record at Harvard of 617-420 with a 360-159 record in Ivy League play. Those marks include 12 20-win seasons, 11 Ivy titles, a .500 record or better in 31 of the last 32 campaigns and 15 postseason appearances. Her 617 career wins and 360 Ivy League victories are the most of any head coach - men's or women's - in the Ivy League.


Delaney-Smith has been recognized by the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union as a “woman who has inspired other women, and has contributed to the quality of life for women and their families.” Among her civic involvements is her association with the American Cancer Society, particularly its annual “Relay for Life.” Herself a cancer survivor, Delaney-Smith has dedicated much of her spare time to spreading the word of early detection and treatment and has been the featured speaker at several fund-raisers in the Boston area for cancer research. In 2007, she received the Gildna Radnar Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated determination and hope in the face of cancer.

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