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Front-runner for Yale job is UMass’ Brown
There has been no lack of qualified applicants for the vacant Yale football coaching job.
Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore, a former Bushnell Cup winner as the most valuable player in the Ivy League during his playing days at Penn, was in for an interview on Monday. On Tuesday, it was UMass head coach Don Brown, a former defensive coordinator at Yale, who was in New Haven for an interview.
Florida offensive line coach Steve Addazio, who coached Cheshire to three consecutive state titles and a 34-game winning streak in the 1990s, former Sacred Heart University coach Jim Fleming, and Stanford offensive coordinator Dave Shaw also met with Yale officials.
Sources indicate that Shaw, the only one of the five with no previous head coaching experience, is out of the running despite making a positive impression at his interview.
Last week, Addazio, who was a finalist for the Syracuse job, appeared to be the No. 1 choice, but multiple sources have told the Register that Brown has become a front-runner.
The best-case scenario would be for a new coach to be announced by Friday, although that seems less likely now than it did a few days ago.
Here’s a look at the four finalists.
Addazio, 49, is best remembered in Connecticut as the architect of the Cheshire High football program which set a state record with 49 consecutive wins from 1992-96. Addazio was at the helm for the first three years and 34 wins of the Rams’ record run.
Addazio left after seven seasons when former Cheshire resident Paul Pasqualoni hired him to coach the tight ends and serve as the assistant offensive line coach at Syracuse. After four seasons with the Orange, Addazio spent three years on the Notre Dame and Indiana staffs. In 2005, he was hired by Urban Meyer at Florida and has worked with tight ends and the offensive line with the Gators. Before the current season, he was promoted to assistant head coach by Meyer. Addazio’s coaching career began with a three-year run as the offensive coordinator at Western Connecticut State.
Brown, 53, has a 43-19 record in five seasons at UMass. He guided the Minutemen into the 2006 and 2007 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, reaching the championship game in 2006. In his previous head coaching stops at Plymouth State and Northeastern, he led his teams into postseason play within three years. In 12 years as a collegiate head coach, he has a 95-45 record. Brown has also spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach in the Ivy League, including defensive coordinator gigs at Dartmouth, Brown and Yale. Brown, who was a candidate for the Yale job when Carm Cozza retired following the 1996 season, did hold a head coaching job at Yale when he was the interim baseball coach for the Bulldogs before current Yale coach John Stuper was hired in 1993.
Fleming, 49, led Sacred Heart to a 21-1 record during the 2000 and 2001 seasons before leaving to spend two seasons as the defensive backs coach at North Carolina. Fleming has spent the last five seasons at Akron, where he is currently the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Fleming, the defensive coordinator at Brown in 1993, also had coaching stops at Boise State, Villanova and East Carolina.
Gilmore, 44, has been something of an Ivy League lifer outside of the three years he spent as the defensive coordinator at Lehigh and his current stint at Holy Cross, After his star-studded career at Penn ended with the defensive lineman being named the 1985 Bushnell Cup winner, Gilmore spent the next 14 seasons as an assistant at Penn, Columbia and Dartmouth.
Gilmore may have done his best coaching job with his most recent Holy Cross team. Opening by losing three of their first four, including a double-overtime defeat at Yale, the Crusaders rebounded by winning six straight games. The 7-4 record was deceiving, since the four losses were by a total of eight points. Gilmore is 30-25 in five seasons at Holy Cross and has led the Crusaders to four straight winning seasons.
Yale coach Jack Siedlecki retired last month to take an assistant athletic director job after 12 seasons as head coach. Siedlecki had a 70-49 record, won two Ivy League titles and led the Bulldogs to a 23-7 record over the last three seasons. But some alumni expressed their displeasure when Yale lost seven of its last eight games to rival Harvard.
Front-runner for Yale job is UMass’ Brown
By Jim Fuller and Dave Solomon, The New Haven Register