Blue Hens’ legendary coach Tubby Raymond dies

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NEWARK — Legendary University of Delaware football coach Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond, who led the Blue Hens to three national championships and 300 wins, died Friday. He was 92.

Coach Raymond retired after the 2001 season.

At a retirement press conference, Coach Raymond said, “This was a very difficult decision for me. I’ve coached football for 52 years and to suddenly remove that from your life is a very emotional thing.”

He compiled a 300-119-3 record over 36 seasons with his famous Wing-T offense.

Coach Raymond is just one of 13 college coaches to reach the 300-win mark and became the Hens’ third consecutive College Football Hall of Fame coach, following in the footsteps of Dave Nelson and Bill Murray.

“Tubby Raymond is a college football icon,” said then-university athletic director Edgar Johnson at the retirement press conference. “His contributions to our university, to our athletics program, to the hundreds of young men whose lives he has impacted and to the sport of football are unrivaled.

“Those contributions will stand for all time as a testament to his commitment to the University of Delaware and to the values we hold most dear – integrity, loyalty and tradition.”

Read more about the life and career of Coach Raymond in Saturday’s Sports section.

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