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Kosciolek Returning To New Haven
Remember Boston University quarterback Cazzie Kosciolek? He’s returning to D-II New Haven as top assistant to the Chargers’ newest foray into football. Must be nice to be able to bring football back to New Haven, something the citizens of Boston University haven’t been able to do yet.
The thought for today: Not to put a damper on your Happy New Year, but here’s poet Ogden Nash’s take on a new year: “Every new year is the direct descendant, isn’t it, of a long line of proven criminals?”
Before we convict 2008 of criminal wrongdoing, here’s some folks for whom the start of 2008 has been very happy.
Hall of Fame HEY Award
Panther Valley graduate and former All-State quarterback Cazzie Kosciolek earns today’s first Higher Education Yahoo (HEY) award.
Although a college graduate for several years now, Kosciolek has served as a college football coach for a number of years and continues to do so (more on that later). On Jan. 25, his collegiate playing career will be honored when the University of New Haven in Connecticut inducts Kosciolek into the Chargers’ Athletics Hall of Fame.
Kosciolek, who was first-team quarterback on the Associated Press Small School All-State team in his senior year at Panther Valley, quarterbacked New Haven to the NCAA Division II championship game in 1997. He finished third in the balloting for the Harlon Hill Trophy, Division II’s version of the Heisman.
Kosciolek passed for 3,232 yards and 32 touchdowns in 1997, and the Chargers had the NCAA’s highest scoring offense, averaging 43.3 points per game. In the playoffs, Kosciolek racked up 905 yards and nine TD passes as New Haven finished 12-2 and was the national runner-up. Kosciolek was a first-team AP Small College All-American, as well as an All-New England and All-ECAC selection.
Kosciolek only played one season, his final season of eligibility, at New Haven, having played previously at Boston University on scholarship. Earning two letters at Boston, Kosciolek played on the 1993 Yankee Conference championship team and played on squads that made two trips to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
Despite his New Haven career being only one season, his passing numbers put Kosciolek in New Haven’s career top 10 in completions, yardage and touchdowns. If one includes playoff stats in his totals, no one in New Haven history has passed for more yards in a season than Kosciolek.
Kosciolek then coached wide receivers and the offensive line at New Haven from 1998-2001, before coaching at Hofstra, Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College, Newberry (S.C.) College, and most recently at Holy Cross. In 2006, when he was offensive coordinator at Newberry, the school went 11-2 and made its first NCAA playoff appearance ever — and earned its first playoff victory behind a high-powered offense.
Now, Kosciolek is making a return to New Haven in more ways than one. The Chargers, who dropped football in 2003 due to a lack of a football conference and regional opponents, have announced that they have joined the NCAA’s Northeast 10 Conference, that football is returning in 2009 — and that Kosciolek is coming back with it.
He has been named the top assistant under new head coach Peter Rossomando, joining a long line of distinguished New Haven coaches.
Coaches like Tony Sparano, now associate head coach for the Dallas Cowboys and rumored to be a contender for the Miami Dolphins head job; Chris Palmer, who is currently quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants and a former head coach for the Cleveland Browns; and Mark Whipple, a former quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
All in all, you’d have to say it’s been a very happy new year for Kosciolek and his family. We say HEY and wish him well.
Former PV star Kosciolek returning to New Haven