June 7, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Ron Vaccaro '04 has been named the play-by-play announcer for WELI's broadcasts of Yale football, it was announced today by Tom Beckett, Yale's Director of Athletics.
Vaccaro served in that role for the final five games of the 2005 season, following the death of the 33-year voice of the Elis, Dick Galiette.
"Ron did a tremendous job in a very difficult situation last fall," Beckett said. "He has shown great initiative and creativity and is tireless in his efforts to promote Yale Athletics."
Vaccaro has covered Yale football in various capacities since entering Yale as a freshman in 2000. He worked closely with Galiette, serving as his spotter/statistician and halftime host for two years while an undergraduate. He began the 2005 season as the sideline reporter for Galiette and former Yale coach Carm Cozza, who will return for his ninth season as color commentator.
"I am very excited about this for so many reasons," Vaccaro said. "Dick Galiette was a good friend and to be named his replacement is quite humbling, as is the privilege of working with Carm Cozza. It was a pleasure to call the final five games of last season with Coach Cozza and I look forward to building on that experience. One of the true joys of this job is getting to work closely with the Yale student athletes, truly a special breed."
Vaccaro, 24, works full time as an Olympics Research Assistant with NBC. After graduating Yale with distinction in Political Science in May 2004, he began work with NBC Olympics in June and earned an Emmy Award for his work as an Associate Producer of the network's coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He also covered the Torino Olympics this past February.
While an undergraduate at Yale, in addition to covering Yale Football, he called over 100 Yale Hockey games, including every contest during the 2003-04 season, the first time that had ever been done by a Yale student. As a senior he was chosen to call the play-by-play for the ECAC Men's Hockey Championships in Albany, N.Y., and the NCAA Women's Frozen Four, hosted by Yale at Providence, R.I.
"Ron is a rising star in the media world who has shown as much passion for Yale and its athletics program as anyone I've ever seen," said Steve Conn, Yale's Assistant AD/Sports Publicity Director. "He has a wealth of Yale Football knowledge, a great broadcasting style, and is unfazed by curveballs thrown at him on the air. Dick Galiette would be thrilled that Ron has taken over for him."
It is believed that Vaccaro, who lives in New York but grew up in nearby Ansonia, Conn., is the first Yale alumnus to serve as the play-by-play announcer for Yale football since the 1950s.