Siedlecki To Retire as Head Coach of Yale Football

Jack Siedlecki, the Joel E. Smilow ‘54 Head Coach of Football, has announced his retirement as football coach and has accepted a position as assistant director within Yale’s Department of Athletics.

Over the past 12 years, Siedlecki has led the Bulldogs to a pair of Ivy League Championships (1999, 2006) and has posted a 70-47 (47-37 Ivy) record. In just the past three years, Siedlecki has a record of 23-7.

“I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished over 12 years, going from 1-9 to 9-1 in three years, winning two Ivy League championships and playing with the title on the line in the final game of the season the past three years,” said Siedlecki. “I have been given an opportunity to stay affiliated with Yale Athletics for the balance of my career, and I deeply appreciate that.”

Siedlecki was named 2007 New England Coach of the Year and came within a game of coaching the Blue to its first perfect season since 1960. His 2007 squad went 9-1 and earned a top 20 ranking in the major Football Championship Subdivision polls.

Yale’s 2006 Ivy title came after finishing 8-2 (6-1 Ivy) and beating Harvard 34-13. That Yale squad was picked fifth in the pre-season poll before reeling off seven straight wins and finishing No. 25 in The Sports Network final rankings.

“We are proud of the work Jack and his staff have accomplished in a football program where the expectations are very high and the results have been good,” said Tom Beckett, director of Yale Athletics. “We believe that Jack will continue to be a valuable presence as an assistant director of athletics in a position where he can be a powerful advocate and spokesperson for Ivy athletics and Ivy athletes, both within the University and around the nation.”

Siedlecki, who has been a collegiate head coach for 21 years, has accumulated a 126-71-2 record and has witnessed almost every Yale offensive record being broken during his tenure in New Haven.

The former Amherst College head coach was named Yale’s 32nd football mentor on Dec. 19, 1996. Siedlecki replaced the winningest coach in Ivy League football history, Hall of Famer Carm Cozza, who retired in 1996 after 32 seasons.

“The 400 student-athletes our staff recruited to play football have represented Yale and Yale Football beyond reproach,” said Siedlecki. “This year was a shining example of that. Casey Gerald was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, Bobby Abare is a Buchanan Award finalist and Mike McLeod was a candidate for the Payton Award. They exemplify the type of student-athlete we have the privilege of dealing with on a daily basis at Yale.”

A search committee will be appointed to find a successor to Siedlecki.

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