November 26, 2008

Yale Coach Siedlecki retires

Yale football Coach Jack Siedlecki is retiring as coach after 12 seasons to become an assistant athletics director at the university.

Yale was 70-47 and won Ivy League titles in 1999 and 2006 in 12 years under Siedlecki. The team was 6-4 this season, including a season-ending 10-0 loss to arch-rival Harvard last week.

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, Siedlecki said Wednesday.

Siedlecki was previously the football coach at Amherst College and has a 126-71-2 record over 21 years as a head coach. He was Yale's 33rd football coach.

Siedlecki's new duties weren't outlined but Yale Athletics Director Tom Beckett said Siedlecki would be 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.

Yale officials said a search committee would be formed to find a successor for Siedlecki.