Tyrone Willingham to Lead University of Washington Football Program
Fired three years into his five-year contract as, the head football coach of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish last month, Tyrone Willingham was named to lead the University of Washington's football program less than a month later, marking his return to the PAC-10 conference. Willingham, who recently turned 51, served from 19952001 as the head football coach at Stanford, also in the Pac-10.
Willingham, whose dismissal prompted criticism among fans, sportswriters, Notre Dame alumni and even some some school officials, became the only first-year coach in Notre Dame history to win 10 games in his first season (see Black Issues, Dec. 16). He was recognized for his efforts when he was named the ESPN/Home Depot College Coach of the Year, the Scripps College Coach of the Year, the Black Coaches Association Male Coach of the Year and the George Munger Award College Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. Willingham also made history when he became the first college football coach to earn The Sporting News Sportsman of the Year award in 2002.
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Publication information: Article title: Tyrone Willingham to Lead University of Washington Football Program. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Black Issues in Higher Education. Volume: 21. Issue: 23 Publication date: December 30, 2004. Page number: 22. © 1999 Cox, Matthews & Associates. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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