Larry Catuzzi

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Larry Catuzzi
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born c. 1935
Playing career
1956–1957 Delaware
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960
1961–1964
1965–1967
1968–1970
Dayton (asst.)
Indiana (asst.)
Ohio St. (asst.)
Williams
Head coaching record
Overall 11-13

Lawrence R. "Larry" Catuzzi (born c. 1935) is a former American football player and coach and investment banker.

Athlete[edit]

He was the quarterback for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football from 1956 to 1957.[1][2][3] He still holds the Delaware school record for best passing percentage in a game; he completed eight of ten passes against Lehigh in 1956 for an .800 completion percentage.[4]

Coaching[edit]

Catuzzi held assistant coaching positions at the University of Dayton (backfield coach in 1960), Indiana University (offensive backfield coach, 1961–1964),[5] and Ohio State University (1965–1967).[1][6] He was the head football coach at Williams College from 1968 to 1970, compiling a record of 11-13.[7] In October 1970, Catuzzi described his approach to football at Williams College as follows: "Our approach to football is low-key. We don't take ourselves as seriously as the high-pressure schools do. The kids are playing because they want to play. ... Football at Williams is another extracurricular activity offered in the fall, and not a matter of life-and-death."[8]

Later years[edit]

Catuzzi left coaching in the 1970s and became an investment banker. He has held positions with Financial Security Assurance, Inc., Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc., Underwood, Neuhaus & Co., Inc. and the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York.[9]

In the early 1980s, Catuzzi was the president of the Bluebonnet Bowl Association, the sponsor of the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, Texas.[10]

In 1998, Catuzzi was appointed to the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. He became the Vice Chairman of the organization, and his current term expires in August 2010.[9] He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the American Diabetes Association.[9]

Flight 93 National Memorial[edit]

Catuzzi's daughter, Lauren Grandcolas, died on September 11, 2001, as a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93.[6][11] Since the incident, Catuzzi has been active in seeking to develop and finance the Flight 93 National Memorial.[12][13] He is a director of the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation and the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission.[6][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1950s UD football players get together for a reunion". University of Delaware. October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Larry Catuzzi Leads Delaware To 33-7 Victory Over Lehigh". Reading Eagle. 1956-09-30. 
  3. ^ "DELAWARE WINS, 34-13; Toto, Catuzzi and Klingler Excel Against Bucknell". The New York Times. 1957-11-17. 
  4. ^ "UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE ALL-TIME FOOTBALL RECORDS". University of Delaware. 
  5. ^ "Dayton Football Staff Shifts". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 1961-04-05. 
  6. ^ a b c "Larry Catuzzi". National Park Foundation Leadership Summit on Partnership and Philanthropy. 
  7. ^ "Fusia, Catuzzi Quit UMass, Williams Jobs". Bangor Daily News. 1970-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Football at Williams Is as Pure as the Air the Players Breathe". Gadsden Times. 1970-10-29. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Lawrence R. Catuzzi". Houston Sports Foundation. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  10. ^ "Gators Top Tulane: Florida Heads for Bluebonnet Bowl". Ocala Star-Banner. 1982-11-21. 
  11. ^ "Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation Receives Contribution from MAC Membership". Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation. 2001-12-20. 
  12. ^ "Houston, Texas Supports Flight 93 National Memorial". Flight 93 National Memorial Newsletter (National Park Service). July 2006. 
  13. ^ Kirk Swauger (2006-04-25). "Film stirs emotions". The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA.