Former Wesley, Dover coach Andrus passes away

DOVER – Bob Andrus, who was well known as both the former head football coach at both Dover High and Wesley College, passed away on Monday.

He is a member of both the Delaware and Wesley College Athletics Halls of Fame. He was 90.

Andrus was hired as the head football coach at Wesley in 1967 and won the Tri-State Conference championship his first two seasons. In 1970, the Wolverines appeared in the Sterling Silver Bowl in Hutchison, Kansas where the squad ended the season as the second-ranked Junior College football team in the country.

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Bob Andrus

That year Andrus also won his first Coastal Conference championship. Bob’s team won again in 1976. Bob was named Coastal Conference “Coach of the Year” in 1970 and 1976 and was three-time head coach of the Coastal Conference All-Star game. He coached until 1987, a tenure of 21 years.

“Coach Andrus meant so much to so many, especially our Wesley football alumni,” said Wesley coach Mike Drass. β€œHe loved Wesley College and he loved his players. He had great success as our coach and Wesley College will dearly miss him and what he stood for.”

Even after leaving Wesley, Andrus was a presence on campus and in the community. His impact on the team was felt at games, campus events, and alumni outings.

“It was an honor to have Coach Andrus at our games and our golf outing alumni event, he was and always will be a special part of our football program,” said Drass.

A viewing will be held on Saturday from 3-4 p.m. at Torbert Funeral Home at 1145 East Lebanon Rd., Dover, with a service immediately following.

 

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