Dan Boisture

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Dan Boisture
Dan Boisture.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Biographical details
Born February 22, 1925
Detroit, Michigan
Died May 18, 2007(2007-05-18)
Wyandotte, Michigan
Playing career
University of Detroit
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959-1966
1967-1973
1974
Michigan State (asst.)
Eastern Michigan
Detroit Wheels
Head coaching record
Overall 45-20-3 (college)
Bowls 0-1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Daniel P. Boisture, Jr. (February 22, 1925[1] - May 18, 2007[2]) was an American football coach. He was the head coach of the Eastern Michigan Eagles football team from 1967 to 1973, compiling a record of 45-20-3.

Boisture was a star athlete in high school, playing both basketball and football at Holy Redeemer High School in Detroit.[3] He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II,and was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa,[4] for which he was awarded a Purple Heart.[2] After returning home, he was recruited as a basketball player by Notre Dame, but instead attended the University of Detroit, where he lettered four times in football as an end, and twice in basketball.[3] In 1949, Boisture helped the University of Detroit football team win the Missouri Valley Conference championship in the school's first year in the conference.[5][6]

Boisture began his coaching career as a high school football coach at Dearborn St. Alphonsus High School and Ecorse St. Francis Xavier High School.[7] From 1954 through 1958, he coached at Detroit St. Mary's of Redford High School in the Detroit Catholic League, where his teams accumulated a 37-4-2 record and won the Catholic League championship four of the five years he coached there.[7][8] In 1959, at the age of 33,[3] he became an assistant coach at Michigan State University, under Duffy Daugherty, where he stayed through the 1966 season.[2] During his time at Michigan State, the team won two national championships, in 1965 and 1966.[3]

In July 1967, Boisture was hired as head coach at Eastern Michigan University.[9] He later commented that he was willing to go to a smaller school, saying, "There weren't many jobs open...Joan and I looked at the campus. It was a cute campus."[3] Under his leadership, the team produced the longest period of sustained success since Elton Rynearson's days. The team posted winning seasons in all seven years of Boisture's coaching, including a 13-game winning streak that remains a school record.[2] His 1971 squad finished the regular season 7-0-2, only allowing one touchdown in the last five games,[10] before losing to Louisiana Tech in the Pioneer Bowl, the first bowl trip in school history.[11] Boisture was named NCAA District Four "coach of the year" in 1971.[12]

Boisture's tenure at Eastern Michigan is also notable for the construction of Rynearson Stadium. Boisture's teams played their first two seasons at the old field, near the corner of Oakwood and Washtenaw, just west of McKenny Union.[13] In 1969, the new stadium, which was considered off-campus at the time, opened with a capacity of 15,500. Boisture's bowl-bound 1971 team played for one of the few sellout crowds in the stadium's history, a 0-0 tie against Eastern Kentucky on October 16, 1971 which drew 17,360 spectators.[14]

In February 1974, Boisture left Eastern Michigan to coach the Detroit Wheels, in the Central Division of the World Football League,[15][16] who also played home games at Rynearson Stadium. After playing a partial 1974 season of 14 games (out of a planned 20 game season), for a 1-13 record, the Wheels folded.[17]

Following his experience with the World Football League, Boisture decided to leave coaching. "It was a hardship on the family, moving like we were moving...When the Wheels went defunct, I could have gone with a couple pro teams, and I said, ‘That’s it.’...I was in a position to continue in pro ball or get something more stable. I made the right choice."[3] He and his family settled in Wyandotte, Michigan, and started a marketing firm dealing internationally with military equipment, from which he retired in 1990.[3]

Boisture was inducted into Eastern Michigan University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.[18]

Boisture was the older brother of Thomas Q. Boisture, who played football for Mississippi State and later coached at the University of Houston and Holy Cross University.[19] His grandson, Joe, played quarterback for Michigan State.[20]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Eastern Michigan Hurons (Independent) (1967–1971)
1967 Eastern Michigan 6–3–0
1968 Eastern Michigan 8–2–0
1969 Eastern Michigan 5–4–0
1970 Eastern Michigan 7–2–1
1971 Eastern Michigan 7–1–2 L Pioneer Bowl
Eastern Michigan Hurons (Mid-American Conference) (1972–1973)
1972 Eastern Michigan 6–4–0 1–1–0
1973 Eastern Michigan 6–4–0 1–3–0
Eastern Michigan: 45–20–3 2–4–0
Total: 45–20–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date of birth is from the Social Security death index.
  2. ^ a b c d "Former EMU football coach Boisture, two administrative secretaries die". Focus EMU Online. Eastern Michigan University. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Slezak, Joe (2003-07-27). "Athlete follows in family footsteps". The News-Herald. Heritage Newspapers. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  4. ^ Paladino, Larry (1972-12-08). "Eastern's Boisture Being Considered for Pittsburgh Job". The Argus-Press. p. 16. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Detroit Beats Wichita To Clinch Valley Title". The Milwaukee Journal. 1949-11-25. 
  6. ^ "League Title Is Won by U of D: Titans Win Over Wichita, 33 to 7". The Owosso Agus-Press (AP story). 1949-11-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Daugherty Assistant at Eastern". The News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, MI). 1967-08-02. 
  8. ^ "U-D Starts Search for New Coach". The Owosso Argus-Press. 1958-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Boisture New Head Football Coach at Eastern". The Owosso Argus-Press. 1957-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Pioneer Bowl:East. Michigan vs. Louisiana Tech" (PDF). NCAA News. 1971-12-01. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Dan Boisture Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  12. ^ "Wheels Name Dan Boisture". Panama City News-Herald (UPI story). 1974-02-09. 
  13. ^ "When Lions Stalked the Streets of Ypsilanti". Ypsilanti Gleanings. Ypsilanti Historical Society. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  14. ^ "Eastern Michigan University 2008 Media Guide" (PDF). p. 138. Retrieved 2010-40-23. 
  15. ^ Demos, Constantine (2007-05-20). "Former Spartan Assistant Coach Dan Boisture Dies". Michigan State University Football Players Association. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  16. ^ "Big Wheel: WFL Wheels sign EMU coach". Daily Capital News (AP story). 1974-02-09. 
  17. ^ "World Football League statistics". Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  18. ^ Podell, Ron (2006-01-31). "E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame to induct eight". Focus EMU Online. Eastern Michigan University. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  19. ^ "Boisture Moves Up To Be Head HC Grid Coach". Lewiston Evening Journal. 1967-03-13. 
  20. ^ http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/boisture_joe00.html