Football coach to visit
U.S. bases in Middle East
Jack Siedlecki, the Joel E. Smilow Head Coach of Football, is among five Division
I head coaches who will visit military bases throughout the Middle East May 20-26.
The tour is a first for NCAA football and for Armed Forces Entertainment. The
NCAA coaches will meet with personnel at various bases and coach flag football
teams made up of servicemen and servicewomen. In addition, the head coaches will
host a symposium, at which they will answer questions from the audience.
“College football is an All-American sport — it truly showcases the
drive, determination and teamwork that is similar to the U.S. Armed Forces,” says
Air Force Colonel Edward Shock, chief of Armed Forces Entertainment. “We
are proud to bring this tour to our military men and women, and my hat goes off
to these coaches for spending their downtime with our troops.”
Siedlecki has a 64-45 record in his 11 years at Yale. He and his 2007 Bulldogs
came within one game of their first perfect season since 1960. He has helped
Yale take 17 of its last 20 games and share a 2006 Ivy League title.
“I expect that this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am really
looking forward to meeting the men and women of our armed forces and am truly
thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Siedlecki.
The other coaches include Georgia’s Mark Richt, Randy Shannon of Miami
(Florida), Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville and Charlie Weis of Notre Dame.
Morale Entertainment is organizing the tour in association with Armed Forces
Entertainment. A television concept for the tour is being developed by Morale
Entertainment in conjunction with Big Dog Productions. Broadcast details will
be released at a later time.
Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment is the lead Department of Defense
agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas,
with priority given to those in contingency operations and at remote and isolated
locations. The Department of the Air Force is the executive agent of Armed Forces
Entertainment. For further information, visit www.armedforcesentertainment.com.
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