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Tufts University head coach Jay Civetti and his staff has guided the Jumbo program on a run of success unmatched at Tufts in recent history.
Last fall the team earned its third consecutive winning season for the first time since 1989-91. The 2017-18 senior class helped the program win 22 of 33 games during their four years, the highest total by a Jumbo senior class since the 1982-83 group. The program is currently on a streak of four straight .500 or better seasons.
The Jumbos competed for a conference championship in 2016 when they finished 7-1 including victories over Wesleyan, Williams, Amherst and Middlebury. Including a 6-2 finish in 2015, Tufts’ 13-3 mark in that span represents the program’s most wins in back-to-back years since 1979-80.
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 that season were the most for the program since 2008.
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 2nd 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 five 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. While at Boston College, Civetti helped coach quarterback Matt Ryan, a future NFL Most Valuable Player. He also worked as a special teams’ assistant. Civetti earned a master’s degree in education at BC in 2006.