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September 16, 2018

Yale University Football Coach Tony Reno Offers Recruiting Advice

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Coach Reno is a  former player football player for Worcester State, 1993-1996. He was hired as the Joel E. Smilow head coach of the Yale Bulldogs football in January 2012. Before his coaching career started at Yale he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard. Unless you have been living under a rock you probably already know that Yale claimed the 2017 Ivy league football title. Go Bulldogs! Coach Reno and his team completed their 2017 season with a 6-1 record. It was their first Ivy League Championship since 2006. This win is the Bulldog’s 15th Ivy league title. Some quick advice from Head Coach Reno by Jaelin Alburg current football player for Yale.

LRT Sports: What is the most important quality you look for in a recruit?

Coach Reno: Toughness.

LRT Sports: What is the best way for a recruit to get on your radar?

Coach Reno: Film, Transcript and HS Coach evaluation.

LRT Sports: When should an athlete contact you, what is the best way? (age, grade, time of year, email, phone, or other)

Coach Reno: End of Soph year.

LRT Sports: What are your expectations for incoming players in the classroom, in the weight room, and on the field?

Coach Reno: We want guys who love football and are intentional in all they do.

LRT Sports: What are the do’s and don’ts of being recruited?

Coach Reno: Guys who BCD (Blame, Complain, Distrust).

LRT Sports: What is the best advice you can offer a recruit?

Coach Reno: Take care of your 20 sq feet and close the circle.

LRT Sports: What jumps out to you when reviewing a recruit’s highlight tape?

Coach Reno: Speed and power.

LRT Sports: What are the main do’s and don’ts for a recruit’s highlight tape?

Coach Reno: Too short and not enough plays.

LRT Sports: When do you recommend recruits put together and share their highlight reels? Is it best to make their highlight reel during offseason, in the middle of the season, or after each game?

Coach Reno: Any.

LRT Sports: What advice do you have for recruits who get turned down by their dream schools? What are their options if they don’t gain the recruiting attention they desire?

Coach Reno: Control what you can control.

LRT Sports: How big a factor is social media when recruiting players? What advice do you have for athletes regarding social media?

Coach Reno: Realize everything you put on SM is an evaluation.

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