November 15, 2010

Carm Cozza Complex Dedicated

Lykouretzos Gift Makes Renovation Possible

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Carm Cozza Complex was dedicated on Nov. 13 as part of the Yale-Princeton Football weekend.  Named for Yale's Hall of Fame football coach, the complex spans the entire second floor of the Smilow Field Center and brings the entire Yale football team together.

 

For the exclusive use of the football program, the renovation includes meeting rooms, state-of-the-art technology and an upgraded locker room with space for all 110 men on the roster. 

 

Another highlight of the complex includes the Carm Cozza gallery, which extends through the hallway of the entire floor and showcases memorabilia from his 32-year Yale career and beyond.  This visual legacy serves as an inspiration for all Yale Football players as they prepare for practice or games in their quest for an Ivy League Championship. 

 

"I always wanted one big locker room for the players and now they have it. Yale players now have a state-of-the-art facility," said Cozza.

 

A leadership gift from John Lykouretzos '95 made the renovation possible.  He was a three-time letterman at defensive tackle who earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors under Cozza. Lykouretzos led the Bulldogs in sacks two of his three years on the varsity. His biggest QB takedown came in a seven-tackle outing in The Game 1993 when he pulled down the Harvard signal-caller on the last play of a 33-31 Yale win at the Bowl. He currently serves as the founder and portfolio manager for Hoplite Capital. 

 

"I can't begin to tell you how much I love Yale and how grateful I am for the fantastic college career I had.  I would pinch myself, almost daily, walking around campus," said Lykouretzos. "The honor I felt as a student was surpassed only by the honor of wearing the uniform, running out of the tunnel into the bowl and playing for Carm."

 

Guests of the dedication were treated to remarks from Athletic Director, Tom Beckett, Lykouretzos and Cozza before taking tours of the new spaces. 

 

Many of the lockers in the newly renovated space have been secured for naming, but there are more opportunities, including the team rooms.  For more information on the project, please contact the Yale Athletic Alumni Office at 203-432-1434.

 

image: Cozza and Lykouretzos cut the ribbon on the Cozza Complex. (Gretchen Ertl)

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