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Tufts University head coach Jay Civetti and his staff has brought the Jumbo program back to the upper echelon of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) during the past two seasons.
Coach Civetti and his staff had the Jumbos competing for a conference championship on the final day of the season last fall. Tufts finished 7-1 including victories over Wesleyan, Williams, Amherst and Middlebury. The Jumbos placed sixth in the final New England Division III poll.
Including a 6-2 finish in 2015, Tufts’ 13-3 mark over the past two seasons is the program’s most wins in back-to-back years since 1979-80. The Jumbos have won 17 of their last 24 games overall.
Civetti was named the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston’s Division III Coach of the Year for 2016. The team featured New England and NESCAC Player of the Year Chance Brady, as well as NESCAC Rookie of the Year Greg Holt. Tufts’ nine players who received conference honors were the most for the program since 2008.
“The 2016 season was a great year and we are all very proud of what was accomplished,” Civetti said. “However, there is a hunger to not be satisfied and a focus to never forget where we came from and what it took to get there.”
Civetti was promoted to head coach of the Tufts University football program in January 2011. A native of nearby Wellesley, Massachusetts, he came to Tufts in 2008 and served as offensive coordinator. After three seasons, he was named the 35th head coach in the long history of Jumbo Football.
Civetti had joined the Jumbos after working at North Carolina State University and Boston College under Tom O'Brien for five seasons from 2003-07. At Tufts, he directed a record-setting passing attack in 2010, and has coached quarterbacks, tight ends and offensive linemen during his tenure. He is currently serving as the 3rd Vice President of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Under Civetti's direction, the Tufts program aims to succeed on the field, in class and in the community. Brady broke most of the Jumbo program’s game, season and career rushing records during a stand-out career. Offensive lineman Alex Kim was voted on to the Academic All-District Team for 2016 and 10 Jumbos received Academic All-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.
Civetti was one of the NESCAC’s best offensive linemen at Trinity College from 1997-2000. He started all 32 games of his Bantam career and captained the team as a senior. He played for two seasons under legendary coach Don Miller, whose teams posted 174 victories at Trinity. Civetti graduated from Trinity in 2001 with a degree in English.
Civetti joined Boston College’s football staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2003. He was a recruiting assistant for the first two years and then worked directly with offensive coordinator Dana Bible as an offensive assistant for the next two seasons. He also worked as a special teams’ assistant. Civetti earned a master’s degree in education at BC in 2006.
Civetti attended the Belmont Hill School nearby. Jay, his wife Kate, and their daughters Charlotte and Audrey, live in Newton.