From inauspicious beginnings
Carmen Louis Cozza, who was universally known as Carm, was the winning coach in Ivy League history, but if you look at his first year at Yale you could have never guess it was going to turn out that way. He lost his first game to University of Connecticut in Storrs on Sept. 25, 1965, and then a week later, he was 7-0 to Colgate. His first season was an unremarkable 3-6. The next season, 1966, was no better losing to Harvard, 13-0, and then quarterback Brian Dowling was sidelined with a knee injury, the Elis were 4–5. It looked bad.
Charley Loftus, Yale’s sports information director, remarked that Cozza had received a telegram from the alumni association saying: “There’s a train leaving for New York at 4 o’clock. Be under it.”
The startling line
Cozza was born to Italian immigrants on June 10, 1930, in Parma, Ohio. There is no record for his birth time, but tentatively we have given an ascendant of 22 Capricorn 50, a symbol of an army erect in a long faultless line as resplendent officers confer upon a private two awards for bravery. The keyword is “‘Presumption” with the warning of over-questioning.
At the Miami University of Ohio he played both football and baseball, winning letters as a quarterback, halfback and safety and as a pitcher and an outfielder. He played under the best coaches in football at that time, except for Vince Lombardi. First, he played under the great Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame fame, and then the amazing Woody Hayes, who did the same at Ohio State. He learned from the best.
After graduation, in 1952, Cozza played minor league baseball for two-and-a-half years, in the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox farm systems, before coaching high school football at Gilmour Academy, a Roman Catholic school in Gates Mills, Ohio. From 1956 to 1962, he was a Miami of Ohio football assistant under John Pont. He earned his master’s degree in education from Miami in 1959.
Carm’s Travel Map
It was probably the train comment that grabbed my eye, though having such luminaries as his teachers struck me too — Parseghian and Hayes are great mentors, and frankly I think in 1967 and his first Saturn return, he turned to his mentors and to ask for pointers. Had to be as that year for Uranus was square his Saturn too, and it seems he finally figures it out.: he was deviating too much from their winning playbook “overquestioning” their success and not just accepting what he had already learned– at least at first. It is only over time, and experience, that you can fine tune what you have learnt; but in anything you need a guide to get you on your way.
His Midheaven at 18 Scorpio suggests a tireless worker,, and there is no doubt that had to be true, no one gets to the top of their profession hanging back and watching the grass grow. But the real key to his success, as as he said in his obit, “this was where he wanted to be” but unless he could win, at least some of the time, that would just be a long gone gleam in his eye.
But Locomotives, like the Coach, notice his Grand Trine in Earth, hold their inner configuration all together and have a momentum all their own. While trines can be lazy, it all depends upon how many sextile –helpers they have that they rely on too much — but in Cozza’s case his are the Midheaven, which is just his own dreams and aspirations, his Ascendant, personal pride for Saturn, Neptune gets the Moon intuition and personal longings and finally Mars gets just the North Node — in short all his helpers are from within, most are just “points” on the horoscope, not actual planets giving leading him by the hand or overzealously helping him out his quandry. No matter what Persighan and Hayes told him, at some point Cozza had to apply and work the details out himself. That was his key, thus for Cozza his focus, or inner momentum, that keeps the person going even at rest: they are always on the job.
With his cutting planet, Saturn, in the eleventh house where it once reigned, is apropos for Cozza, for his way of football, like all of his contemporaries, is slowly passing, as a rushing, big scoring offensive style takes prominence on the field. But the Coach was “old school” where football was not just a sport but “religion” or a way of life, where one is trained for continued excellence, and the desire to be best in what one does, be gracious and sportsmanlike when one fails.
Cozza often proudly noted all the doctors and lawyers he trained for the larger world, applied the lessons he taught them on the field — play hard but play fair. Uranus the Coach’s “focal Determinator,” or planet in high focus, highlights his ability to sacrifice short-term advantages for long-range goals and learned, the hard way, when to follow the rules and when to make his own. . Reading his obit, he was a non-pareil.
The Coach Train
When he died on Thursday, January 4th, 2018, it was his Third Saturn Return. Read the Yale News here. His wife Jean survives him as do his daughters Karen, Kathryn and Kristen and their families.
This was originally published on SabianEarth.com on January 25, 2018; there were several changes on the voyage over.