Jay Civetti

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Jay Civetti
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Tufts
Conference NESCAC
Record 17–31
Biographical details
Born (1979-05-11) May 11, 1979 (age 38)
Playing career
1997–2000 Trinity (CT)
Position(s) Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001–2002 Milton HS (MA) (assistant)
2003–2006 Boston College (assistant)
2007 NC State (WR)
2008–2010 Tufts (OC)
2011–present Tufts
Head coaching record
Overall 17–31

Jay P. Civetti, Jr. (born May 11, 1979) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Tufts University, a position he has held since the 2011 season.


Pre-Tufts career[edit]

Civetti is a native of Wellesley, Massachusetts and attended Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts.[1] Having being recruited by legendary Division III football coach Don Miller, Civetti played college football as an offensive lineman at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut from 1997 to 2000.[2]

After graduating from Trinity in 2001 with an English degree, Civetti briefly pursued a career in information technology consulting.[2][3] In less than a year, however, Civetti left the IT firm and accepted a job coaching football and teaching special education at Milton High School in Milton, Massachusetts.[2] In 2003, Civetti joined the staff of Boston College football coach Tom O'Brien as a graduate assistant.[2] Between 2003 and 2006, Civetti served as an assistant under O'Brien and earned a Master's degree in education from the school in 2006.[2][4] While at Boston Collge, Civetti helped coach a future NFL Most Valuable Player, quarterback Matt Ryan.[5] Civetti followed O'Brien to North Carolina State University in 2007, where he served as a wide receivers coach for the team.[2]

Tufts career[edit]

Civetti joined the Tufts football program in 2008 as offensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach in January 2011, replacing longtime head coach Bill Samko.[2][4][6] The Jumbos went 0–8 in each of his first three seasons as head coach.[7]

On September 20, 2014, Tufts beat the Hamilton Continentals, 24–17, for the football team's first win since September 2010 and Civetti's first win as head coach.[8][9][10] "That's what this program does... it fights regardless," Civetti told the team after the game. "We've seen things, been places, and done things that not the average man can handle. You are uncommon. You are special. You are unique. You are Jumbo Pride."[11] The team finished that year at 4–4, including an undefeated record at home.[12]

On October 26, 2015, Tufts beat the Williams Ephs in an away game for the first time since 1981.[13] After the game, a video of Civetti dancing and celebrating in the locker room – capped by the Tufts coach doing the splits – briefly went viral.[14][15] In 2016, Civetti coached the Jumbos to a 7–1 record and second-place finish in the NESCAC, finishing with the program's best regular season showing since 1998.[16]

While at Tufts, Civetti has worked with Team IMPACT to help provide support for children suffering from potentially terminal illnesses.[17][18]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tufts Jumbos (New England Small College Athletic Conference) (2011–present)
2011 Tufts 0–8 0–8 10th
2012 Tufts 0–8 0–8 10th
2013 Tufts 0–8 0–8 T–9th
2014 Tufts 4–4 4–4 T–5th
2015 Tufts 6–2 6–2 3rd
2016 Tufts 7–1 7–1 2nd
Tufts: 17–31 17–31
Total: 17–31


  1. ^ Wong, Doris (10 January 2011). "Civetti to coach Tufts football". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Samuels, Eddie (2016-11-17). "From the Sidelines: Jay Civetti". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Classes of 2000-2009". Trinity College. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Head Coach Jay Civetti". Tufts University Athletics. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  5. ^ Horton, C. Jemal (31 December 2006). "With broken foot, Ryan able to toe the line". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  6. ^ Larson, Craig (14 December 2010). "Samko steps down at Tufts". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Tufts University Football Program Records". Tufts University Athletics. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  8. ^ Glavin, Wil (2014-09-22). "For Tufts football, the streak is over". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  9. ^ "Tufts defeats Hamilton to end 31-game losing streak". The Boston Globe. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  10. ^ Schwedelson, Paul (30 September 2014). "Tufts football relishes in back-to-back wins after futile drought". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  11. ^ "Tufts Football 24, Hamilton 17 Post-Game / Locker Room Celebration". YouTube. 
  12. ^ Glavin, Wil (2014-11-11). "Tufts football team's exciting season comes to end". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  13. ^ Goldberg, Phillip (2015-10-26). "Tufts wins at Williams for first time since 1981". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  14. ^ "Watch this D-III head coach get his groove on during a post-game celebration". Fanbuzz. 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  15. ^ Dimengo, Nick (20 November 2015). "12 Hilarious Times Coaches Danced". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  16. ^ Samuels, Eddie (2016-12-05). "Football continues to climb in NESCAC, posts best record since '98". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  17. ^ Prewitt, Alex (3 May 2012). "Pats Ninkovich helps ailing boy, 8". ESPN. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  18. ^ Leibowitz, Aaron (2012-09-12). "Civetti looking to build a winner, one day, one practice at a time". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 2017-05-05. 

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