Calvin Hill ’69, the legendary Yale football and National Football League star, will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame as the NFL representative on June 27 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2012 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and a dozen members of the Yale football team were selected. The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
Brett Smith ’12 received the Yale Athletics Department's Amanda Walton Award for 2012 at Class Day exercises Sunday afternoon as part of Commencement Weekend. The award is presented to an outstanding student-athlete who has excelled in competition or who has shown spirit and courage in transcending unforeseen challenges.
The Ivy League and the NBC Sports Group announced a two-year renewal of their national television rights agreement today that includes an increase in football games, and the first-ever rights for the NBC Sports Network to televise men's basketball and men's lacrosse games.
Jake Stoller (Shaker Heights, Ohio), a standout and versatile Yale defensive lineman the last four years, has been signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and will be at their rookie orientation weekend in a few days.
A year has gone by since Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011) passed away after battling cancer for more than two years. Yet her impact remains evident in the annual marrow donor registration drive at Yale that is named in her memory. Thursday, her Yale women’s ice hockey teammates once again worked together with the football and field hockey teams in an effort to save the lives of patients with illnesses similar to Mandi’s. Yale’s drive, part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign, added more than 500 potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry® Thursday.
In its first three years, the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale has added nearly 2,500 people to the Be The Match Registry® and located at least six genetic matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses in need of transplants. This Thursday at Commons, Yale hopes to keep adding to those numbers. The football, women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams are once again leading the drive, which is named in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011) and her courageous battle with cancer.
When Jesse Reising ’11 put a big hit on an opponent, he would hold out a hand to help the fallen player return to his feet. The former Yale football linebacker - who required help for his own recovery from a big hit - is still helping people get back on their feet, but in a much more significant manner.
In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registration drives, the Yale athletic department will once again hold a drive in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Donors that could help save lives are located through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
It was raining hard two hours before the first Yale football practice of the new coaching regime. By the time the first player’s cleats hit the green grass at Clint Frank Field, the sun was shining bright, bringing perfect conditions to kickoff spring practice.
Tony Reno, the newly appointed Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football, began recruiting the moment he accepted the job. The new leader of the Bulldogs has been spotted rented cars in Tampa, San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Chicago and Houston, just to name a few. It’s been two months since he was re-introduced in New Haven and Yale fans are wondering what progress has been made with the returning student-athletes as well as the class of 2016, and what it’s like running one of the most storied programs in college football. Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn sat down with Reno to discuss the early days of the new regime.
On-field preparation for the 2012 Yale football season begins on March 28 with the first of 12 spring practice dates, culminating with the April 21 Blue-White Game at Yale Bowl. Tony Reno, the new Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football at Yale, gets his first look at the Bulldogs on the grass with two-hour practices that run from 4 to 6 p.m. all days but Thursday.
Tony Reno, introduced as the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football on Jan. 12, announced his nine-man staff today. One member of the previous staff was re-appointed and another returns to his alma mater, while seven of the new Yale coaches will work in New Haven for the first time. Three Bulldog coaches - including Reno - worked at Yale under former coach Jack Siedlecki. The new assistants have a combined 128 years of college coaching experience.
Six different Bulldogs have played in a combined eight Super Bowls, but Pat Graham ’01 is about to become just the second Yale graduate to coach in America’s biggest sporting event. The former Bulldog tight end/defensive lineman is the linebackers coach for the New England Patriots, who take on the New York Giants on Feb. 5 in Super Bowl XLVI.
Patrick Witt (Atlanta, Ga.), Yale’s three-year starting quarterback and the holder of almost every school passing record, is preparing for a run at a job in the National Football League. The first order of business is an opportunity to play for the NFC team in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this Saturday at 6 p.m. EST at the Home Depot Center.
Anthony (Tony) Reno, an assistant coach at Harvard the last three seasons and a former Yale assistant coach, has been named the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football. The 34th head coach of the Bulldogs has a history of transforming his charges into nationally recognized units.
Yale All-Access has exclusive live streaming video coverage of today’s press conference announcing the new Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Yale Football. The press conference begins at 4 p.m. Eastern time at the Kenney Center at Yale Bowl and can be viewed free of charge.
Patrick Witt (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) have been named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. They were the only selections from the Ivy League.
The New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons all have something in common this season. All four National Football League teams have had a former Yale student-athlete suit up in a game or on the sideline as a coach in 2011.
Most American kids dream about playing in the Super Bowl. Young football players should dream about sitting on the dais at the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Annual Awards Banquet. Yale senior quarterback Patrick Witt, who watched a who’s who of famous former gridiron stars parade around him all day and night on Tuesday, was living a more impressive dream as one of 16 scholar-athletes from all divisions of college football who were finalists for the Campbell Trophy.
One of the most prestigious and time-honored national acknowledgements of accomplishments on and off the football field is handed out by the Gridiron Club of Boston each January. This year’s recipient is Yale senior quarterback Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas). The Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award stands for academic success, athletic prowess, sportsmanship and citizenship, qualities that the Bulldogs’ offensive leader embodies.
The Yale football team was well represented when all-star selections were announced today. The Bulldogs had 11 selections, including 10 different players with someone on each group picked for the 2011 All-Ivy League Football Team. Senior captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) earned first-team honors while junior Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) was a second-team selection as both a WR and a kick returner.
The 2011 Yale football team gathered for the final time Sunday afternoon at Commons, celebrating 24 seniors while reflecting back on the season at the team’s annual banquet. The Bulldogs also announced the team award winners and the 2012 team captain, linebacker Will McHale (Greenwich, Conn.).
Following in a family line of Division I linebackers doesn’t leave much room for distinction at home, unless you are junior Will McHale (Greenwich, Conn.), who became the 135th captain of the Yale football team at today’s team banquet.