Oct. 22, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In 1988 Joel E. Smilow '54 generously established a fund to endow the position of head coach of Yale's football team -- the first endowed coaching position at Yale. Due to the extraordinary growth of this fund under the direction of David Swensen, Yale's Chief Investment Officer, the fund is now able to also support Yale's two associate head football coaches -- Keith Clark, Yale's Offensive Coordinator and offensive line coach, and Rick Flanders, the Defensive Coordinator and linebackers mentor. The two have been given the honor of being designated as Joel E. Smilow '54 Associate Head Coaches of Football.
"We are thrilled with the tremendous support from Joel Smilow as well as the university to continue to assist with our efforts to establish a championship caliber football program," said Tom Beckett, Yale's Director of Athletics.
"Joel's continued generosity to Yale athletics in general and Yale football in particular has been instrumental to our programs' continued success," said Head Coach Jack Siedlecki.
Smilow, who broadcast Yale football games as Sports Director of WYBC, has also endowed three other head coach positions -- men's and women's basketball and women's lacrosse -- and has made three major donations to Yale's athletic facilities.
Smilow expressed admiration for Yale's progressive decision to utilize the fruits of major growth in an endowment to visibly support related positions in a way that increases the stature of the program, additional leaders of the program, as well as the original donor.