Former Miami University Football Coach Carm Cozza Dies at Age 87

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Jan. 4, 2018

Carmen “Carm” Cozza, a member of Miami University Cradle of Coaches, has died at the age of 87.

Cozza, a two-sport athlete at Miami from 1949-51, was a member of the 1950 football team that won a MAC Championship. That same year he helped Miami win the Salad Bowl, rushing for 133 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Cozza also lettered in baseball, finishing his career with a .388 batting average and a 1.50 earned run average, even throwing a no-hitter his senior year.

Cozza would eventually coach Miami’s freshman football team in 1956 and was promoted to the varsity staff in 1961. In 1963 he joined John Pont as an assistant coach at Yale.

He led Yale to a share of 10 Ivy League titles during 32 years as head coach, which began in 1965. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

He coached the Bulldogs from 1965 to 1996 and had a career record of 179-119-5, including an undefeated 1968 season that ended in a famous 29-29 tie with Harvard. Between 1974 and 1981, Cozza's teams won seven of eight Ivy crowns.

Cozza was born in Parma, Ohio.