HOUGHTON - Michigan Tech football fans have been spoiled with solid quarterback play in recent years, but as Tyler Scarlett, Steve Short and Dan Mettlach have been rewriting the Huskies' record books, it was often Kurt Coduti's records they were breaking.
Coduti, who was one of six individuals inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend, was a four-year starting quarterback for the Huskies from 1989-92.
"It's been absolutely wonderful to be able to come back to Michigan Tech and the Houghton community, to a place I hadn't been in a long time," said Coduti, who now lives downstate and hadn't been to the area in eight years. "To see great friends, some teammates, some old coaches and to be with this class of 2012 was extremely special for me and my family."
The two-time All-America Honorable Mention threw for 5,297 yards and 45 touchdowns, second-most in school history at the time of his graduation.
Scarlett, still only a sophomore, is on pace to break Coduti's career completion percentage record (.587) after putting up the best single-season percentage (.661), but the honor still belongs to the Academic All-America First Team honoree from 1992.
Coduti led Tech to a 23-16 overall record, and the two-time captain tallied a 9-1 record his senior year (2-7 freshman, 6-4 sophomore and junior year), just the second nine-win season in school history.
"Probably one of the most memorable (career) moments was beating Minnesota-Duluth here at home my senior year," Coduti recalled. "They had beaten us up pretty good for three years and it felt great to be able to my last go-around against Duluth to beat them at home, and beat them convincingly, too."
Tech defeated the then-conference foes 40-20 on Homecoming that year.
Another highlight was his junior season when Tech beat Ferris State 33-13 on the road, after the Bulldogs had beat the Huskies six straight years.
Coduti noted that while athletics was important during his time at Tech, academics was even more important, and it was the primary reason the Negaunee High School graduate came to Houghton to play for coach Bernie Anderson.
"What it boiled down to was education and where I was going to have the best opportunity for me to get a high quality education in the math and science area," Coduti said.
Since graduating with a civil engineering degree from Michigan Tech, he has worked the last 17 years for the Michigan Department of Transportation in infrastructure and transportation.
"I was prepared right from the get-go, right out of the chute, with the athletic and academic experience that I got here," he said. "It prepared me for whatever they could throw at me at work, whatever challenges I was presented with."
His wife Wendy is a professor at Michigan State University, where his son Cale is a freshman. He also has a daughter Makenzie, who is a junior in high school.
Coduti still follows the Huskies from afar, checking scores every weekend and reading up on the team and upcoming opponents. The team treated him and the other Hall of Fame inductees to a 28-21 come-from-behind victory over Northwood Saturday.
"Coach (Tom) Kearly and the staff and the team's doing great, so it really makes me extra proud to be a Husky," he said. "I'd just like to thank everyone, (athletic director) Suzanne Sanregret and all her staff and all the time and effort they've put into making this weekend memorable for me and my family, and the Tech community in general. It's just been a great weekend, and it's something I'll never forget for the rest of my life."