a senior at JHS, Jack Siedlecki was captain of the
football, basketball and baseball teams and was selected
as Athlete of the Year. A 1974 graduate of Union College
with a B.A. in history, he started on the varsity
football team there for three seasons and earned letters
playing running back and linebacker.
During the early 1970ís he coached and played for the
semi-pro Glove Cities Colonials before taking a job with
Ross Perotís Electronic Data Systems in NYC and Dallas.
In 1976 he began a coaching career in college football
as an assistant at the University of Albany, moving on
to Wagner College in 1980 and then to Lafayette College
in 1981. In 1988 he was appointed head coach at Division
III Worcester Polytechnic Institute and, under his
guidance, the program amassed a 36-11-1 record in five
years. From 1993 to 1996 Siedlecki was head coach at
Division III Amherst College, compiling a 20-11-1
record. He was named the American Football Coaches
Association District I Coach of the Year in 1992 and
On December 19, 1996, Jack Siedlecki was named head
football coach at Yale University. In 10 seasons there,
he has compiled a 55-44 record, guiding the Bulldogs to
Ivy League championships in 1999 and 2006. He was named
the New England Sports Writers Coach of the Year in 1999
and was at the helm in 2000 when Yale became the first
college team in the country to win 800 games. The game
football, with his name on it, is in the College
Football Hall of Fame.
Never forgetting his roots, Siedlecki returns often to
Johnstown, donating his time to promote teamwork,
responsibility, commitment and community.