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July 15, 2019 – Happy Birthday Zac Ciullo!

Posted on July 14, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s post celebrates the happy birthday of Michigan Man Zac Ciullo. According to the 2009 Michigan Football Media Guide, Zachary Alexander Ciullo was born on this day in 1988. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Zac attended Brother Rice High School and graduated in 2007. Ciullo was an outstanding athlete and was a starting lineman for two years on a team that won the state championship. He also earned three varsity letters in Lacrosse. Zac was also a star in the classroom because he was a member of the National Honor Society

(Note – The 2010 Michigan Football team made improvements in 2010, but not enough for Coach Rich Rodriguez to keep his job. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan..)

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Zac Ciullo played at Michigan during the difficult transition years from 2007 to 2010. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Zac Ciullo

Carr’s Last Season Was Ciullo’s First in 2007

Zac Ciullo arrived in Ann Arbor for the 2007 football season. He did not see any game action in 2007, but did earn recognition from the Michigan Athletic Department for outstanding Academic Achievement during his freshman year.

The Rodriguez Years

The big news for the 2008 season was that Rich Rodriguez was Michigan’s new Head Football coach. Unfortunately, Zac had to learn a whole new offensive system since Rodriquez ran the “Spread.” Of course, the 2008 system was a disaster for Coach Rodriguez and the Wolverines. Michigan set a record for the most losses in one season with a dismal record of 3 wins and 9 losses. It was even less fun for Zac Ciullo since he didn’t earn any starts or a varsity letter.

Zac’s junior year (2009) was a lot like the first two seasons. He didn’t play a down and he didn’t earn a letter. Michigan continued to struggle, but they did see some small improvements. The Wolverines had their second straight losing season, but did manage to win five games and lose seven.

Zac Ciullo came back for his senior season in 2010. Things got a little better as the Wolverines posted their first, and only, winning season under Coach Rodriguez (7 wins and 6 losses). According to the Michigan Athletic Department archives, Zac did not earn a letter during the 2010 season. Coach Rich Rodriguez was fired in early January 2011 and Brady Hoke was named to replace the beleaguered Wolverine coach. Although Zac Ciullo still had one year of eligibility remaining, he kind of got lost in the coaching transition. Unfortunately, Zac Ciullo did not have the opportunity to play for Brady Hoke as a fifth-year senior.

Thanks for Sticking It Out for Four Tough Years

I am sure that Zac Ciullo’s Michigan Football career did not turn out as he had hoped or planned. Hopefully, he finished his degree on time and moved on to the next chapter. Although everyone who comes to Michigan was a “star” in high school, not everyone leaves the Wolverine Football program with that designation.

Today is a good day to remember Zac Ciullo and appreciate his efforts on the football field. He played at Michigan during one of the most difficult periods in Wolverine Football history. Yes, Zac Ciullo’s Michigan Football career had a few “ups” and a lot more “downs.” To his credit, Zac stayed and did everything his coaches asked him to do. I value his contributions to the great history that is Michigan Football. I hope Zac Ciullo has a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!


Part II. July 15, 2019 National Day Calendar Update 


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