College HOF coach Darrell Mudra, known as “Dr. Victory, dies at 93

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Mudra, who won 1950-1980. over 70% of the games during his career and won two national championships.

Mudra died on Wednesday, the National Football Foundation said. He was 93.

Mudra was nicknamed “Dr. Victory” because of his success at every level, coaching all of his college games from the press box instead of the sidelines. He won the college division national title at North Dakota State in 1965 and the Division II championship at Eastern Illinois in 1978.

He retired from coaching in 1988 with a career record of 200-81-4 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Mudra spent his youth in Nebraska, grew up in Omaha and played quarterback at Peru State before serving as a high school assistant in the state. His first college head coaching job was at Adams State in Colorado, where he was 32-4-1 with three conference titles and a Mineral Bowl victory, the foundation said.

He transferred to North Dakota State in 1963 and took over a team that had gone 0-10 the previous year. He won his first national title two years later and went 24-6 in three seasons with the Bison.

Mudra spent two seasons with Arizona, winning eight of his first nine games in 1968 and ending with an 8-3 loss to Auburn in the Sun Bowl. His low point came at Florida State, where he was 4-18 in two seasons before Bobby Bowden took over in 1976.

His other college stops were Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Northern Iowa. He also coached the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1966.