Editors Note: This story originally appeared on yalebulldogs.com on Jan. 11, 2008, prior to Yale's game with Oberlin. Cavaco will be bring his Oberlin team back to the John J. Lee Amphitheater this Saturday.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When Yale fans look over to the visiting bench on Saturday, they'll see a familiar face. Isaiah Cavaco, a 2001 Yale graduate, is the head coach of Oberlin. Cavaco was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1998 to 2001 and knows his return to the John J. Lee Amphitheater will be emotional.
"I was really drawn into the preparation and the mental aspect of the game as I watched from the bench that year," he said. "I was never very athletic or overly gifted as a player, so I realized that thinking and coaching the game might be a natural fit."
"I figured I would get my master's degree and move on, but I really enjoyed that experience," Cavaco said. "I owe a lot to Coach Jones and [Associate Head Coach] Curtis Wilson for steering me in that direction."
"I learned a lot about how to deal with people and find a way to make a connection with everyone," Cavaco says of his time as an assistant at Yale. "This is a profession about getting the best out of everyone."
While most of Cavaco's attention is focused on building the Oberlin program, he still keeps a keen eye on how the Bulldogs are doing.