Peter Kohut ’55
Year Inducted: 2006
A member of Brown’s 125th Anniversary All-Decade Team, Kohut received Associate Press Honorable Mention All-American honors as a senior in 1954. That year, he ranked 13th in the nation in pass completion percentage and was also named First Team All-Ivy and All-New England. In addition, Kohut was an All-East Honorable Mention. He held five different school records when he left Brown in 1955, including total passing yards and total offense. He currently ranks sixth in career touchdown passes at Brown with 21.
As the freshman squad quarterback in 1951, Kohut accounted for most of Brown’s 606 total offensive yards, as the Bears only lost one game that season and beat Harvard by a 46-13 score.
Among Kohut’s highlights as a sophomore in 1952, he quieted critics when he passed for three touchdowns against Harvard, beating the heavily favored Crimson, 28-21. Against the #1 ranked defense of Colgate, Kohut completed nine of twenty passes for 171 yards a two touchdowns, knocking the Red Raiders’ defense out of the top spot.
As a junior in 1953, Kohut finished the season as the second best passer in the Ivy League and in 1954, he led Brown to a 6-2-1 record, the Bears’ best record until 1975. That year he led the Ivy League in total offense in addition to his 13th ranked rating in pass completion percentage in the country.
Kohut held every passing record in Brown football history at the time of his graduation, including the longest pass play, total passing yards, touchdown passes, passing percentage and total offense.
After graduating from Brown with an Associate of Business degree in English and American Literature in 1955, Kohut worked toward two Master’s Degrees while teaching at South Kent School and Newtown High School in Connecticut. In 1969, he received a Master of Arts Teaching degree in Russian Language from Indiana University, as well as a Master of Science degree from Western Connecticut State University.
Kohut has done graduate work at Wesleyan University and Dartmouth College. He also worked in the Soviet Union for one month during the Vietnam years as part of his graduate work with Indiana University.
Kohut spent three decades as a head high school football coach in Connecticut, including 22 years at Newtown High School. He also coached at South Kent School and New Fairfield High School. At Newtown, he compiled a career record of 131-46, winning eight league championships and one state championship.
In 1978, Kohut was named the Connecticut High School Coach of the Year. In 1997, he was inducted into the Newtown High School Hall of Fame. At New Fairfield, Kohut led the school to its only league championship in the school’s 30 plus year history in 1990. That same year, he was named the Danbury News Times Football Coach of the Year. In 1989, Kohut also served as the quarterback coach at Western Connecticut State University.