Jay Civetti
Jay Civetti
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-627-3635
Email: football@tufts.edu

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Over the last five seasons, head coach Jay Civetti and his staff have led the Jumbo football program through a run of success that has seen the program win nearly 70 percent of its games and compete for conference championships.

The Jumbos’ 29-14 record during the 2015-19 seasons represents the most wins by the team during a five-year period since 1978-82. Tufts has played an exciting brand of football under Coach Civetti. During the 2019 season, the Jumbos established five new records in the 145-year history of the team. Among the new marks was most passing touchdowns in a season (20) and most total yards in a season (3,573).

In 2020, Civetti guided the Jumbos through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their season being canceled, the team practiced twice a week under strict safety guidelines. The Jumbos also focused on strength and conditioning and leadership development, including meeting virtually to discuss important issues such as racial justice.

In 2018, the Jumbos finished 7-2 and challenged for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship. They were undefeated at home (4-0) and were ranked #7 in the final New England Division III poll. The squad featured NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year Ryan McDonald at quarterback. He also received the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston’s Joe Zabilski Award as New England's top offensive player in Divisions II-III. Linebacker Greg Holt was named to the prestigious New England Football Writers’ Association College Division All-New England team.

The Jumbos posted their most successful season since 1998 with their 7-1 finish in 2016. They took sole possession of second place in the NESCAC. Running back Chance Brady broke Tufts' single-season and all-time rushing records that fall, along with the single-game, single-season and career touchdowns records. Civetti was honored as the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston’s Division III Coach of the Year.

Civetti was presented the Murray Lewis Award by the Boston Chapter of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials in 2018. The honor is bestowed upon an individual who has made a positive contribution to New England football. Coach Civetti is currently serving as the 1st Vice President of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Promoted to head coach of the Tufts football program in January 2011, Civetti is a native of Wellesley, Massachusetts. He came to Tufts in 2008 as offensive coordinator. He directed a record-setting passing attack in 2010 when the Jumbos threw for 2,587 yards in eight games. After three seasons, he was named the 35th head coach in the long history of Jumbo Football.

Under Civetti's direction, the Tufts program aims to succeed on the field, in class and in the community. Over the last three years, 19 senior members of the program have earned National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society recognition for their academic achievement. The team organizes the annual Tufts Reading Program with Brooks Elementary School in Medford, where team members read to and mentor kindergartners through fourth graders. Among other 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.

Civetti joined the Jumbos after working at North Carolina State University and Boston College under Tom O'Brien for five seasons from 2003-07. Joining 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 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.

One of the NESCAC’s best offensive linemen at Trinity College from 1997-2000, Civetti 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 an English degree.

Civetti attended the Belmont Hill School nearby. Jay, his wife Kate, and their daughters Charlotte and Audrey, live in Newton.