Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bob Jauron on Holy Cross Football

The name Jauron is synonymous with football in New England. While Dick Jauron had an outstanding career  at Swampscott High and Yale and a solid career in the NFL as player and coach, the apple did not fall far from the tree. Dick Jauron recently lost his Dad, Robert Jauron. Anybody with a love for football and character will appreciate his obituary, Robert Jauron; Coach Career Spanned Decades and Teams. Jauron stood up for social justice and many more virtues.

Robert Jauron coached for a short stint at HC in the late '60s. His time on Mt. St. James may have been brief, but he left his mark. His obituary included this reference to his days at Holy Cross,

After that one-year experiment, he was head football coach at Lynn Classical, then an assistant football coach at Xavier University in Ohio and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, and was later head coach of the Brandeis University club football team.

While at Holy Cross as backfield coach in 1968, Mr. Jauron made headlines when he left the coaching staff after a falling out with the team’s head coach, whom he felt unfairly criticized the players.

“Loyalty is a two-way street and it starts at the top,’’ Mr. Jauron said in a Globe story that year. “My relationship and problems with the coach are unimportant, but the image of these kids is important. And the football players at Holy Cross, in my opinion, are the finest I’ve ever worked with, and I think I can speak with some authority after 23 years of coaching and being named Small College Coach of the Year.’’   

High praise indeed. May he rest in peace!!

Thanks to the friend of Chu Chu Rah Rah who brought this story to my attention.

Kevin Doyle '11

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