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Yale names Harvard assistant Tony Reno its 34th head football coach

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  January 12, 2012 05:21 PM

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Yale has turned to Tony Reno, the special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach at archrival Harvard the last three seasons, as its 34th head football coach.

He replaces three-year coach Tom Williams, who was forced to resign in December following an investigation by the university into his claim that he had been a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship while he was a student-athlete at Stanford. He also had stated on his resume that he had been a member of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He was not.

A three-year starting safety at Worcester State College, Reno served six seasons (2003-2008) on Jack Siedlecki's staff at Yale, including five as the defensive backs coach. He was assistant head coach in 2007 and 2008, when the Bulldogs featured one of the top passing defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision. He was also a member of the staff in 2006, when Yale won its last Ivy League title.

Harvard has defeated Yale in 10 of their last 11 meetings, including a 45-7 romp in New Haven last November to complete its perfect 7-0 run through the Ivy. In that game, Reno's special teams unit blocked a field goal and also successfully converted a fake field goal into a 5-yard scoring run by kicker David Mothander.

Reno was introduced on Thursday afternoon.

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