Dick MacPherson

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Dick MacPherson
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1930-11-04) November 4, 1930 (age 83)
Old Town, Maine
Playing career
1950s Springfield (MA)
Position(s) Center, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1958
1959–1960
1961–1965
1966
1967–1970
1971–1977
1978–1980
1981–1990
1991–1992
Illinois (GA)
UMass (assistant)
Cincinnati (assistant)
Maryland (DB)
Denver Broncos (LB/DB)
UMass
Cleveland Browns (LB)
Syracuse
New England Patriots
Head coaching record
Overall 111–73–5 (college)
8–24 (NFL)
Bowls 4–1–1
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA Division II playoffs)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4 Yankee (1971–1972, 1974, 1977)
Awards
AFCA Coach of the Year (1987)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1987)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1987)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1987)
Sporting News College Football COY (1987)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1987)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2009 (profile)

Richard F. MacPherson (born November 4, 1930) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1971 to 1977 and at Syracuse University from 1981 to 1990, compiling a career college football record of 111–73–5. MacPherson was the head coach of the National Football League's New England Patriots from 1991 to 1992, tallying a mark of 8–24. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2009.

Coaching career[edit]

MacPherson's record at Syracuse was 66–46–4 and included an undefeated season in 1987, when his team finished 11–0–1 and tied Auburn in the 1988 Sugar Bowl. After the 1990 season he left Syracuse to become head coach of the New England Patriots and was replaced by assistant Paul Pasqualoni. MacPherson coached the Pats from 1991 to 1992 and received strong consideration for Coach of the Year honors turning around a team that went 1–15 in 1990 and leading them to a 6–10 record in his first season.

MacPherson also served as an assistant coach with the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns.

Later life[edit]

MacPherson has provided commentary during radio coverage of Syracuse football games for several seasons.

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
UMass Redmen/Minutemen (Yankee Conference) (1971–1977)
1971 UMass 4–4–1 3–1–1 T–1st
1972 UMass 9–2 5–0 1st W Boardwalk
1973 UMass 6–5 4–2 3rd
1974 UMass 5–6 4–2 T–1st
1975 UMass 8–2 4–1 2nd
1976 UMass 5–5 3–2 2nd
1977 UMass 8–3 5–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
UMass: 45–27–1 27–8–1
Syracuse Orangemen (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (1981–1990)
1981 Syracuse 4–6–1
1982 Syracuse 2–9
1983 Syracuse 6–5
1984 Syracuse 6–5
1985 Syracuse 7–5 L Cherry
1986 Syracuse 5–6
1987 Syracuse 11–0–1 T Sugar 4 4
1988 Syracuse 10–2 W Hall of Fame 12 13
1989 Syracuse 8–4 W Peach
1990 Syracuse 7–4–2 W Aloha 21
Syracuse: 66–46–4
Total: 111–73–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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