Dec. 3, 2007
Jack Siedlecki, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, has been named coach of the year by the New England Football Writers. Yale players Bobby Abare, Brandt Hollander, Mike McLeod and Jeff Monaco were named first-team All-New England by the same group.
Siedlecki, who nearly engineered Yale's first perfect season in 47 years after this fall's 9-1 campaign, has led the Bulldogs to victories in 17 of 20 games over the last two seasons. His 11th year at Yale (64-45) equaled his best mark (9-1 in 1999) as Bulldogs' mentor and was one win shy of his first undefeated and untied season as a head coach. Siedlecki's 1990 Worcester Poly Tech squad went 8-0-1.
"This is a great honor. It's nice to have this in my 20th year of coaching in New England," said Siedlecki. "I would like to thank the New England Football Writers for selecting me."
Abare, a junior linebacker from Acton, Mass., led the Blue with 53 solo tackles and 86 overall, including seven for lost yardage.
Hollander, the senior captain and nose guard from Indianapolis, Ind., was selected to play in the 2008 Hula Bowl after making 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
McLeod, the junior tailback from New Britain, Conn., who averaged 161.9 yards per game and scored 23 touchdowns, is also a candidate for the Walter Payton Award (FCS Offensive Player of the Year).
Monaco, a senior offensive guard from McDonald, Pa., paved the way for McLeod and the rest of the Bulldog offense to rank seventh in the nation in rushing with 265 yards a game.
All four Elis earned first-team All-Ivy status as well.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director