Yale Football Coaches, Athletes In Japan for All-Star Game

Yale Football Coaches, Athletes In Japan for All-Star Game

June 15, 2004

Seven Yale football coaches and four former student-athletes are in Japan this week to take part in the 2004 Ivy-Samurai Bowl on Sunday at Tokyo National Stadium. The Bulldogs will be on an all-star team featuring players from seven Japanese universities. They will play a team led by the Harvard coaching staff that features four former Crimson football players and players from seven other Japanese universities.

Yale is represented on the field by running back Pat Bydume '04 (Crownsville, MD), defensive back Steve Ehikian '04 (Atherton, CA), quarterback T.J. Hyland '02 (Fort Collins, CO) and offensive lineman Jake Kohl '04 (Ravenna, OH). The coaching staff includes Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football Jack Siedlecki, Defensive Coordinator Rick Flanders, Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Keith Clark, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Joel Lamb, Defensive Line Coach Duane Brooks, Defensive Ends Coach Jeff McDonald and Wide Receivers Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Matt Dence.

Yale and the Ivy League have a history of playing in Japan, including the Epson Ivy Bowl from 1989 through 1996. That event, in Yokohama, featured a team of all-stars from each of the Ivy League schools playing a team of Japanese college and university all-stars. Former Yale head coach Carm Cozza coached the Ivy Leaguers in 1990.

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report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department