Austin to be honored with lifetime football award

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 3, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. --- Former Colby College head coach Tom Austin will be honored with the John Baronian Lifetime Contribution to Football Award by The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston at the annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, January 13, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass.

Austin, the head coach at Colby for 18 years, will be honored along with award winners at a social hour starting at 6 p.m. and then dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets to attend the ceremony are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling club secretary Dick Lawrence at 781-231-0372. Special room rates at the Westin (781-290-5600) are available.

Austin retired from Colby after the 2003 season after helping the Mules to 12 Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) titles and a share of the first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title in 2000. He was named the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Division II/III Coach of the Year and the NESCAC Coach of the Year after the 2000 season. Austin was selected as the 2001 Colby C Club's Person of the Year.

A native of Lima, Ohio, Austin grew up in Maine and starred at quarterback for the University of Maine before graduating in 1963. His coaching career began as a graduate assistant at the University of Vermont and then Austin served as head coach at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, in 1965 and 1966. Austin served one year as an assistant coach at Ithaca College in 1968 before joining the staff at Boston University as an assistant from 1969 to 1973. He served as head football coach at Bridgton Academy for 14 years before coming to Colby.

Austin returned to Bridgton Academy in 2005 as a special assistant to the director of development and continues with that work today.

During his tenure at Colby, Austin also helped in the development of his assistant coaches. Current head coach Ed Mestieri was an Austin assistant for 15 years and was honored as the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Coach of the Year in 2005. Current Colby defensive coordinator Tom Dexter also worked with Austin and was named the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Assistant Coach of the Year for Division II/III in 2009.

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