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Jonathan Delano
Associate Head Coach

Jonathan Delano joined the Harvard coaching staff in May 2013 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in February of 2014.

In his first season with the Crimson, Delano helped Harvard snap a two-year Ivy winless streak, leading the team to a second-place finish in the league and a 5-2-0 record in conference play. Four players earned All-Ivy League honors under his tutelage and the team more than doubled its win total from the 2012 season. Ross Friedman was selected by the Columbus Crew in the MLS SuperDraft following the season.

Delano's second season saw another increase in the win column, as Harvard went 11-4-2 overall. The Crimson's 4-1-2 Ivy record secured a second-straight top-three finish, and five total players earned All-Ivy recognition. Following the season, Hiroki Kobayashi signed with the Kitsap Pumas.

In his third season with the program, Harvard posted a 9-6-2 overall mark with its second five-win Ivy season in three years. Finishing second in the Ancient Eight, Harvard landed a conference-best eight players with All-Ivy recognition, led by first team nods for Jake Freeman and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu. The Crimson narrowly missed out on a trip to the NCAA men's soccer tournament, having posted numerous wins over top-50 teams in the RPI. Continuing to show a rise to prominence in the college soccer realm, the Crimson finished ranked 38th in the RPI. Delano was named the NSCAA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year in December, 2015 for his strong performance. Harvard tallied 10 wins in 2017, climbing into the top-15 nationally in the RPI. Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was a third-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft, making the roster for Atlanta United FC. Harvard ended its season with a nine-game unbeaten streak intact.

The men's soccer program continued to improve, registering 10 wins in his fourth year , climbing into the top-15 nationally in the RPI. Wheeler-Omiunu became the ninth Crimson player drafted, taken in the third round, 49th overall in the 2017 MLS Draft by Atlanta United FC. In 2017, he assisted in the recruitment of a talented group of six freshman that combined to play 5,160 minutes, and tally four goals ad four assists for 12 points for the Crimson. Sebastian Lindner-Liaw, who started 15 of 16 games at midfield in 2017, played the most minutes of the six first years and became the first freshman since 2014 to earn All-Ivy honors, garnering All-Ivy honorable mention accolades.

Delano comes to Cambridge after a successful career at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. A 2003 graduate of the institution, Delano began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, along with coaching local high school and club-level teams. He was elevated to head coach of the Dominican women’s team in 2006 and garnered two California Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards.

Due to his success with the women’s program, Delano was elevated to director of soccer in 2009, putting him in charge of both the men’s and women’s teams in their first year competing at the NCAA Division II level. Delano also had stints as the director of athletic development at Dominican, and the head men’s and women’s golf coach.

Delano was a two-sport athlete at Dominican, competing in soccer and basketball. He was born in nearby Santa Rosa, California, and is married to the former Tobey Glazier, who swam and played water polo at Bucknell. They reside in Beacon Hill.

Jared Small
Assistant Coach

Small returns to Cambridge after 13 years of successful coaching at the youth, high school, club, and ODP levels.  As Director of Coaching for Rye Youth Soccer from 2002-15, he oversaw all facets of the 1,600-player, 98-team operation.  As men’s varsity head coach at Rye High School from 2006-2015, Small led his teams to an 89-44-19 record, including their first 3 berths in the New York State Section One Semifinals since the 1980s.  As an assistant coach with the women’s team, he helped legendary head coach Rich Savage guide the Garnets to their first State Championship and a subsequent appearance in the State Finals.  During Small’s 13-year tenure at Rye, the men’s and women’s teams produced a combined 31 collegiate players and 4 professional players.

Harvard tallied 10 wins in 2017, climbing into the top-15 nationally in the RPI. Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was a third-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft, making the roster for Atlanta United FC. Harvard ended its season with a nine-game unbeaten streak intact.

Small also spent two stints as an assistant coach with FC Westchester and one with the Eastern NY Olympic Development Program Under-15 team.  He holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF ‘C’ License, and USSF Youth License.

Small is active in multiple projects aimed at helping underserved youths achieve success in school and sports.  Together with former Johns Hopkins cross country captain Jordan Delane and Colgate golfer Judd Rothstein, he developed a pro bono wing within his college test preparation company, Peak Performance Testing, to provide SAT instruction to first-generation college-bound students.  Small has also partnered with prominent New York attorney and philanthropist Bill Miller to spread Cancer Awareness by outfitting more than 50 club and high school teams from Yonkers, Rye, and Spring Valley with special edition pink uniforms during the month of October.  Summer 2016 will see Small reunite with Sal Curella for their third year as heads of soccer for the New York chapter of Playsmart, Inc., a non-profit founded by former Ivy League athletes to help underserved middle school student-athletes realize their academic and life potential through sports.

Small began his collegiate playing career at Manhattanville College, where he led the soccer team to a 14-5 record and the school’s first NCAA tournament berth in 1999.  The team leader in minutes played, Small earned all-Skyline Conference accolades.  As a catcher for the baseball team in 2000, he batted .323 and led the Valiants in six major offensive and defensive categories.  Upon transferring to Harvard, he earned one minor-H in soccer during the 2000 season.

Small has competed in two Ironman and two half-Ironman races.

A 2002 graduate of Harvard College, Small was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, earned the Mather Scholar-Citizen Award, and won the Jonathan Levin Prize for Teaching and Social Justice from the Department of African and African-American Studies.

Vasili Uspensky
Goalkeeper Coach

Vasili joined the Harvard men's soccer staff as the Goalkeeper Coach prior to the start of the 2016 season with over 11 years of coaching experience.

Harvard tallied 10 wins in 2017, climbing into the top-15 nationally in the RPI. Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was a third-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft, making the roster for Atlanta United FC. Harvard ended its season with a nine-game unbeaten streak intact.

Prior to joining the Crimson, Vasili worked as Soccer Community Director and Partnerships Manager at the Boston-based startup CoachUp (offering 16,000 qualified coaches in 30+ sports nationwide) overseeing relationships with major and minor sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLS, MLB, USOC, and others) and helping retired professional players find avenues to coaching. Vasili is also the top CoachUp Goalkeeper Coach in Massachusetts and 42rd coach overall in USA soccer (out of 3,000+ coaches). He is featured in the Goalkeeping Tutorial Videos with 250,000+ views ( ).

Vasili holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University where he played for the men's soccer team and contributed to a CAA Championship and a top ten US ranking. His undergraduate degree was in international business management with minors in Russian and Spanish language studies (2007). Post college, Vasili had a brief stint with the semi-professional Richmond Rowdies before deciding to pursue a career in the business world. After two years working in Russia, Vasili returned to the #1 ranked VCU Brandcenter to get a master's degree in creative brand management (2011). Vasili was born in Moscow, Russia to a Russian father and Peruvian mother.

In 2012, Vasili co-founded the Boston Kickers, a youth soccer club that has had over 1,000 players participating across the Greater Boston Area (

Vasili also spent three years with The Winsor School (a top national private girls school in Boston) varsity soccer program as an Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach. He holds a USSF ‘D’ License.

Matt O'Neill
Soccer Operations Assistant

Matt O'Neill joined the Men's Harvard soccer staff as the Operations Coordinator prior to the start of the 2016 season.

Prior to joining the Crimson, O'Neill worked with the New York Mets as an Account Executive in their Season Ticket Account Services department where he was responsible for managing commercial clients, coordinating gameday events, and servicing the broader Mets fanbase.

O'Neill is a graduate of Bucknell University 2013 and a native of Rye, NY where he was an All-Section soccer defender in high school.