MEDFORD – Tufts University football coach Jay Civetti will receive the Murray Lewis Award, which is presented annually by the Boston Chapter of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials (EAIFO), tonight at the organization's annual banquet.
The Murray Lewis Award is bestowed upon an individual who has made a positive contribution to New England football. Coach Civetti joins former Tufts coaches Rocky Carzo and Bill Samko in receiving this honor. Dave Harrison, a 1955 Tufts graduate and longtime football official, is also a recipient.
The award will be presented at tonight's EAIFO banquet held at Lombardo's in Randolph, Mass.
In his eighth season as head coach of the Jumbos, Civetti directs a program which aims to succeed on the field, in class and in the community. Tufts just finished a 7-2 season which gave the Jumbo program four consecutive winning records for the first time since 1988-91. The Jumbo Football Class of 2018 won 25 games during their four years, matching the most by a senior class in the program's modern history. Civetti was named the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's Division III Coach of the Year for 2016 when Tufts finished 7-1.
Five Jumbos received Academic All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors last season. Among the community service organizations that the Jumbos support are the Somerville Homeless Coalition, the American Cancer Society, Team IMPACT, Boston Food Bank, Special Olympics, and the Alzheimer's Association.
"Tufts attracts the best and the brightest to its campus community, and we expect our football program to do the same," Coach Civetti said.
In addition to his coaching duties, he is currently serving as the 2nd Vice President of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation.
A native of Wellesley, Mass., who went to Belmont Hill School, Civetti started on the offensive line for four years at Trinity College. He was a Division I assistant at Boston College and North Carolina State prior to coming to Tufts in 2008.