Bulldogs Remember Hall of Fame Coach
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coach Cozza would have loved this day. A chance to play golf with his coaches and some alumni while showing an uncanny ability to put a name to the face of anyone who played for him at Yale. Carm Cozza was on the mind of everyone who took part in today's football team golf outing at the Course at Yale.
Those who took part in a sold-out golf tournament drove their cars past an amazing 237 sponsor flags, most of which honored Cozza, whose daughter, Karen, attended the dinner. Those flags will likely be on display at Yale's Nov. 10 celebration of the hall of fame coach's life. Cozza passed away last January.
It was a great celebration of Yale Football Family today on the world-famous golf course. Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach, posed for photos with each group next to a table holding the Ivy League Championship Trophy. The Bulldogs captured that hardware with a 9-1 campaign last fall, and they are hoping for similar success when the 2018 season kicks off on Sept. 15 at Holy Cross.
Pat Ruwe '83, the former Bulldog captain and current president of the football association, served as MC and spoke about Cozza before initiating a moment of silence. Ruwe also thanked Tom Beckett for his 24-year tenure as the director of athletics and presented him with a golf bag and a set of irons. Vicky Chun, who took over the athletics department on July 1 and has been very involved in college football over her career, was then introduced to the group by Yale President Peter Salovey. Chun and Salovey played golf in the same group today.
It was an impressive, enthusiastic turnout on a hot and sunny day. Yale's current head coach made sure to point out the impact.
"It's amazing to see what you guys have put together. Yale Football is a great family. You are the reason we have the men to win championships. You've allowed us to recruit the way we need to," said Reno, who stood at the podium in the tent with the championship trophy on a table to his left. "We are trying to produce excellence on and off the field. You allowed us to do that. This is about a village. People make decisions about coming to Yale because of all of you."
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By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity