Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Don Brown a candidate at Yale

There is mutual interest between Yale and UConn defensive coordinator Don Brown for the vacant head coaching position at Yale, according to multiple sources. Last week, Yale athletic director Tom Beckett contacted UConn interim athletic director Paul Pendergast regarding Brown, sources said.

It was unclear as to whether Brown interviewed earlier this week or if he is interviewing in New Haven today.

But Yale is moving quickly in the process, and is expected to name a candidate by next week.

The school forced the resignation of Tom Williams in December after inconsistencies on his resume. One source indicated that Yale, looking to make a safe and clean hire, is interviewing only candidates with previous head coaching experience. Brown was head coach at Northeastern (2000-03) and UMass (2004-08). He was one of Yale's top candidates in 2008 to replace retiring Jack Siedlecki as coach, but eventually pulled his name from the running and the job went to Williams.

EDIT TO ADD: Georgetown coach Kevin Kelly is among those who has already interviewed at Yale, according to a source.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chip, you were candid in saying that Yale forced Coach Williams to resign, which of course they did, but you also mention that Coach Siedlecki "retired" back in 2008 without any similar qualifying language. Do you happen to know if Coach Siedlecki's retirement was entirely of his initiative? He took a lot of criticism from alumni and fans but rarely is that enough to motivate a coach to hang it up at the relatively young age of 57, especially in light of his subsequent decision to coach at Wesleyan.

January 04, 2012 4:31 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Siedlecki's retirement is open to interpretation, as there is a strong sentiment that he was pushed out the door. I didn't cover that story, and can't say for sure really happened there. I believe he did briefly remain employed by Yale until deciding to coach elsewhere.

Just to be clear for those who don't follow Yale closely, being forced out for not beating Harvard enough, if that indeed was the case with Siedlecki, is very different than Williams' case.

January 04, 2012 5:00 PM 

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