In addition to his soccer knowledge, Small, who began his tenure in December of 2018, brings a wealth of life experience to the program. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School last May while also serving as an assistant coach for the Crimson. Harvard was ranked in the top-15 nationally in the RPI during his time on the staff.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 2002, he spent 13 years coaching at the youth, high school, club and ODP levels. As Director of Coaching for Rye (N.Y.) Youth Soccer from 2002-15, he oversaw all facets of the 1,600-player, 98-team operation.
In addition to coaching, Small has been active in multiple projects aimed at helping underserved youths achieve in school and sports, including serving as a head of soccer for the New York chapter of Playsmart, Inc., a non-profit founded by former Ivy League athletes.
Small began is 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. Upon transferring to Harvard, he earned one minor-H in soccer in 2000.
At Harvard, Small was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, earned the Mather Scholar-Citizen Award and won the Jonathan Levin Prize for Teaching and Social Justice.
Small has competed in two Ironman and two half-Ironman races.
“Jared is the `X-factor’ for our program, and I can’t be more excited that he will be staying on staff to help be an incredibly valuable sounding board for me, my staff, and our student-athletes,” Stannard said. “He’s been helping out the past few months and we couldn’t have had the positive spring we did without his support. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a more impressive person. He can literally do anything he wants in the professional world, but his passion is mentoring students and specifically student-athletes. He will be a great resource to help support and motivate our men’s soccer student-athletes and coaching staff to strive for excellence. His academic and athletic background at Harvard speaks for itself and we are extremely lucky to have him wearing the Yale blue.”