Campus Connection: Rich Erdelyi of Carnegie Mellon
(Editor’s note: Howard Smith recently joined the NCAA branding and communications staff as a 2008-09 intern.)
In a recent interview on the Double-A Zone’s Campus Connection, I sat down with Rich Erdelyi, my former varsity golf coach at Carnegie Mellon. Erdelyi is entering his 24th year at the Division III institution, serving as both the offensive coordinator of the football team and the head men’s golf coach. Erdelyi discussed various issues, including his stance on academics, the University Athletic Association, the football program’s success, and his relationship with his former player, Dan Marino.
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An excerpt follows:
Q: I am a recent graduate of the school and I played for you on the golf team for the last three years. Pretty weird that just over a month ago we were finishing up the season and now I am interviewing you as part of the NCAA.
A: Yeah it is, Howard. But it's a wonderful thing I think for both of us that you've gone on to work for the NCAA and you've started your career and I hope that I've had a little bit to do with that. That's a very rewarding part of my career here at Carnegie Mellon, seeing young men like you go on and do great things in their life, and I know that you're going to do that.
Q: What is your favorite thing about coaching at Carnegie Mellon?
A: The interplay I have with the athletes. I think they're such competitive kids. I enjoy the interaction and I enjoy seeing them go on to be successful. And that's the great reward when you have kids come back years later and they are orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Tony Digioia, one of our former players, replaced both of my mother's hips at the age of 80 and 81. We've had great kids that have gone on to own their own companies and are very supportive of our program, and you see these youngsters and you think, "Geez, maybe I had a little bit to do with them being successful."
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