September 25, 2009

Governor Rell Proclaims Saturday Tom Williams Day In Connecticut

Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach Of Football Will Be Making His Yale Bowl Debut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Governor Jodi Rell has proclaimed Saturday Tom Williams Day in the state of Connecticut. Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, makes his Yale Bowl debut when the Bulldogs host Cornell at noon.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Yale Law School alumnus, and Tom Kokoska '82, a letterwinner on three Ivy League champion Yale football teams, will present the proclamation to Williams prior to kickoff.

In addition to honoring Williams, the proclamation recognizes Yale's illustrious football history, including its place of many firsts in the sport - the first set of written football rules (1873), first college fight song (1892), first to build a bowl stadium (1914) and the first college to win 800 games (2000).

Williams, who guided the Bulldogs to a 31-10 victory over Georgetown in his first game last week, is the first African American head coach in Yale's football history as well as the first at any college or university in Connecticut and at any Division I university in New England.