Award-Winning Mount Union Coach Retires

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Mt. Union coach Larry Kehres

Larry Kehres had just received the Lee Tressel Ohio College Coach of the Year, along with Ohio State’s Urban Meyer on Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award banquet.

It was the latest in a long line of awards the coach has received over his 27-year career leading the Mount Union Purple Raiders. It was also the last award he garnered while still the head coach.

On Wednesday morning, he informed his bosses that he would be stepping down as the head coach.  He will remain as athletic director and his son, Vince, the defensive coordinator takes over as the head coach.

In those 27 seasons, his team won 11 national titles and compiled an incredible won-loss record of 332 wins, 24 losses and 3 ties.  The numbers are mind boggling. His team last lost a regular season road game in 1991. That’s 22 years ago.

“I gave it a lot of thought,” By the time I went over to discuss it with my administrative bosses, I knew it was the right decision. I feel good. The timing is right to do this now,” said Kehres to the Canton Repository.

There have been 250 All Americans from Mount Union during Larry’s reign, and 21 straight OAC titles. The Purple Raiders’ winning percentage was nearly 93 percent. That’s so high of a bar, Vince Kehres will need a springboard to clear it. Somehow, you know, the kid will come close to matching his dad’s record.

“Coach Kehres has been an incredible success, not only in winning football games and national championships at an unprecedented level, but also in positively shaping the lives of countless student athletes,” Mount Union President Richard Giese said in a news release.

Vince Kehres is a 1998 Mount Union graduate who was part of two championships as a player and 8 titles as an assistant coach.

Tom Manning, former Purple Raider, and current University of Toledo offensive line coach messaged me about Kehres. “Great teacher. Constantly challenged you to think critically. Could relate to anyone. Lucky to have been around him. Greatness”.

Mount Union won its first national title in 1993, and this past season snapped a string of 3 straight losses in the title game.

Larry Kehres went out a winner.

He always was.