Peter Kohut ’55
Year Inducted: 2006
A member of Brown’s 125th Anniversary All-DecadeTeam, Kohut received Associate Press Honorable Mention All-Americanhonors as a senior in 1954. That year, he ranked 13th inthe nation in pass completion percentage and was also named FirstTeam All-Ivy and All-New England. In addition, Kohut was anAll-East Honorable Mention. He held five different school recordswhen he left Brown in 1955, including total passing yards and totaloffense. He currently ranks sixth in career touchdown passes atBrown with 21.
As the freshman squad quarterback in 1951, Kohut accounted formost of Brown’s 606 total offensive yards, as the Bears onlylost one game that season and beat Harvard by a 46-13 score.
Among Kohut’s highlights as a sophomore in 1952, hequieted critics when he passed for three touchdowns againstHarvard, beating the heavily favored Crimson, 28-21. Against the #1 ranked defense of Colgate, Kohut completed nine oftwenty passes for 171 yards a two touchdowns, knocking the RedRaiders’ defense out of the top spot.
As a junior in 1953, Kohut finished the season as the secondbest passer in the Ivy League and in 1954, he led Brown to a 6-2-1record, the Bears’ best record until 1975. That year heled the Ivy League in total offense in addition to his13th ranked rating in pass completion percentage in thecountry.
Kohut held every passing record in Brown football history at thetime of his graduation, including the longest pass play, totalpassing yards, touchdown passes, passing percentage and totaloffense.
After graduating from Brown with an Associate of Business degreein English and American Literature in 1955, Kohut worked toward twoMaster’s Degrees while teaching at South Kent School andNewtown High School in Connecticut. In 1969, he received a Masterof Arts Teaching degree in Russian Language from IndianaUniversity, as well as a Master of Science degree from WesternConnecticut State University.
Kohut has done graduate work at Wesleyan University andDartmouth College. He also worked in the Soviet Union for one monthduring the Vietnam years as part of his graduate work with IndianaUniversity.
Kohut spent three decades as a head high school football coachin Connecticut, including 22 years at Newtown High School. He alsocoached at South Kent School and New Fairfield High School. AtNewtown, he compiled a career record of 131-46, winning eightleague championships and one state championship.
In 1978, Kohut was named the Connecticut High School Coach ofthe Year. In 1997, he was inducted into the Newtown High SchoolHall of Fame. At New Fairfield, Kohut led the school to its onlyleague championship in the school’s 30 plus year history in1990. That same year, he was named the Danbury News TimesFootball Coach of the Year. In 1989, Kohut also served as thequarterback coach at Western Connecticut State University.