Don Strock

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Don Strock
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Team Virginia Tech
Biographical details
Born (1950-11-27) November 27, 1950 (age 63)
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1969–1972
1973–1987
1988
1989
Virginia Tech
Miami Dolphins
Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993
1994
1995
1996–1998
2002–2006
Miami Hooters
Massachusetts Marauders
Rhein Fire (OC)
Baltimore Ravens (QB)
Florida International
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
NFL.com stats

Don Strock (born November 27, 1950) is a former professional football player who was the head coach of the Florida International University football team from 2002–2006.

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

Strock played college football at Virginia Tech, and graduated in 1973. In his senior season in 1972, Strock led the nation in total passing and total offense, yet finished only ninth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. The college game was then dominated by running backs; the 1972 Heisman went to wingback Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska.[1]

To date, Strock still holds many collegiate football passing records at his alma mater[2] and was inducted into the Virginia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985.[3]

Professional[edit]

Strock played in the National Football League as a quarterback. A 5th round selection (111th overall pick) of the 1973 NFL Draft, he spent the majority of his professional career with the Miami Dolphins (1973–1987), and was mostly known for his role as a back-up to Hall-of Famers Bob Griese in his first years with the team and Dan Marino as he finished his career with the club. He also played one season with the Cleveland Browns (1988) and part of a season on the roster of the Indianapolis Colts (1989) before retiring as a player.

Strock was a member of the "taxi squad" during the 1973 season when the Dolphins won their second straight Super Bowl following the undefeated 1972–73 season. He was also a member of the Dolphin teams who played and lost in the 1983 and 1985 Super Bowls.

Strock is well-remembered for coming off the bench on January 2, 1982, for the Miami Dolphins in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the San Diego Chargers at the Miami Orange Bowl. Strock led Miami from a 24–0 deficit to tie the score in the 3rd quarter. Ultimately, Miami lost the game to San Diego, 41–38, in overtime. The game is also remembered for the image of San Diego tight end Kellen Winslow being helped off the field by his teammates after the game while suffering from exhaustion. Strock finished the game with 29 of 43 completions for 403 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. The game later became known as The Epic in Miami and has entered NFL lore as one of the greatest games ever in NFL history.

Coaching career[edit]

Arena Football League, the World League and the NFL[edit]

Strock began his coaching career as the head coach of the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League for one season in 1993. The following season he moved on to be the head coach of the Massachusetts Marauders and again only stayed for one season. He then moved on to be an assistant coach of the Rhein Fire in the World League during 1995 season. Between 1996–1998 seasons, he was the quarterbacks coach of the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL.

Florida International University[edit]

On September 13, 2000, Strock was named the first head football coach in FIU's history. He was named to the position just shy of two years before the university's inaugural football game. Prior to being named head coach he was the director of football operations, a job he had obtained the year before. His overall record through the 2006 football season was 15–41.

On November 15, 2006 Strock resigned as head coach of the FIU Golden Panthers. Of his 15 career victories, none came during the 2006 campaign and only three of them came against Division I-A opponents. His resignation came after an 0–9 start and a much-publicized brawl against the University of Miami Hurricanes caused 16 players from FIU to be suspended.[4] His resignation became effective following FIU's last game against Troy University on December 2, 2006.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Florida International University (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (2002–2004)
2002 FIU 5–6
2003 FIU 2–10
2004 FIU 3–7
Florida International University (Sun Belt Conference) (2005–2006)
2005 FIU 5–6 3–4 T–2nd
2006 FIU 0–12 0–7 5th
FIU: 15–41 3–11
Total:
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heisman.com - 1972 voting
  2. ^ "Football :: Lane Stadium Records". hokiesports.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  3. ^ "hokiesports.com". hokiesports.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Florida International coach resigns". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 

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