Yale Hires Harvard Assistant Tony Reno as Football Coach

Yale University hired Tony Reno as football coach, going to the staff of rival Harvard University to fill the vacancy created when Tom Williams resigned after acknowledging problems with his resume.

Reno, 37, spent the past three seasons at Harvard, where he coached defensive backs and worked as special teams coordinator. He spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Yale, in New Haven, Connecticut, mostly working with defensive backs.

“I take great pride and honor in becoming the leader of the men of Yale,” Reno said today in a news release from the school announcing his hiring. “Protecting and building upon the tradition and success of the Yale football program is paramount to me.”

The 1997 graduate of Worcester State College in Massachusetts also worked as defensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at his alma mater, where he won the 2002 National Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Williams, 42, stepped down last month amid an inquiry into whether he lied about being a Rhodes Scholarship candidate in 1992 while attending Stanford University. Yale began investigating the claim, which was in Williams’s biography on the athletic department website and restated in a Nov. 8 interview with Bloomberg News, after officials of the Rhodes Trust found no evidence that Williams applied for the scholarship.

The Bulldogs finished the 2011 season 5-5, including a 4-3 mark in the Ivy League, and lost to Harvard 45-7 in the annual showdown known as “The Game.”

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