Raymond from the 1951 Michiganensian
November 4, 1926 |
|Position(s)||Quarterback, linebacker (football)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
2x AFCA College Division COY (1971–1972)
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2003 (profile)
Harold R. "Tubby" Raymond (born November 14, 1926) is a former American football and baseball player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Delaware from 1966 to 2001, compiling a record of 300–119–3. Raymond was also the head baseball coach at the University of Maine from 1952 to 1953 and at Delaware from 1956 to 1964, tallying a career college baseball mark of 164–72–3. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2003.
Raymond, a native of Flint, Michigan, played quarterback and linebacker at the University of Michigan under Fritz Crisler. He also played baseball at Michigan and was the captain of the baseball team in 1949. He played minor league baseball in 1950 with the Clarksdale Planters and in 1951 with the Flint Arrows.
Raymond began his football coaching career in 1951 as an assistant at the University of Maine. He moved to Delaware in 1954 as a backfield coach under David M. Nelson, who had also played at Michigan. Raymond succeeded Nelson as head coach in 1966. He retired after 36 seasons with a 300–119–3 record, three national titles (1971, 1972, 1979), 14 Lambert Cup trophies, 23 post-season bids and four consecutive victories in the Boardwalk Bowl. After classifications were formed in the early 1970s, Delaware was a Division II program until elevating to Division I-AA in 1981. At the time of his retirement, more than half of Blue Hens' all-time victories in the 110-year-old history of their program had been tallied under Raymond tenure. On March 5, 2002, K. C. Keeler, former Blue Hens linebacker and head football coach at Rowan University, succeeded Raymond at Delaware.
Going into the 2001 season, Raymond needed just four wins to reach the 300 mark. At the first game of the season, a banner hung above the stadium listing the numbers 297, 298, 299 and 300. As each win was accomplished, the respective number was crossed off.
Raymond's 300th win came during the last home game of the season on November 10 with a 10–6 victory against the Richmond Spiders. As the clock wound down in the game, the crowd began chanting "Tubby, Tubby". Raymond made a short, humble speech and was carried off the field by his team as a construction worker climbed aboard a cherry-picker truck to cross off the final number on the poster.
The following is an excerpt from Tubby Raymond's speech to the exalting Delaware faithful after his 300th victory:
"I have to apologize for paraphrasing, but I feel a little bit like Lou Gehrig. I'm the luckiest man on the face of the earth. First, I'd like to thank the Delaware fans who have been here for so many years. I know there are things that happen that you don't like. There are things that happen that I don't like. But the thing that's there all the time is you. You're at every football game. You're excited about being here, and you truly made Delaware football something we can all be proud of. Thank you very much."
Delaware lost its final game of the season on the road against Villanova and, that winter, Raymond announced his retirement, ending his career at an even 300 wins.
Awards and honors
Outside of football
Raymond has become involved in Delaware politics. Because he is well known and well liked in Delaware, his endorsement is sought out by candidates. Raymond describes his political views as "just to the right of Genghis Khan."
Despite his conservative views, Raymond has long supported Democrat Jack Markell more out of loyalty than because of political views. As a boy, Markell grew up seven houses away from the Raymonds and the two have remained friends. When Markell ran for state treasurer, Raymond taped radio ads supporting him, a move that Markell claimed as one of his most effective campaign strategies. In 2007, Markell named Raymond an honorary co-chair of his 2008 gubernatorial bid. Markell became the 73rd Governor of Delaware in January 2009.
Raymond is an accomplished painter. While coaching at Delaware, he began a tradition of painting a Blue Hen player each week of the season. Even after retiring from coaching, he continues to paint each senior Blue Hen player.
Raymond's son, Dave, was a punter on the Blue Hens and is best known as the original Phillie Phanatic (1978–1993). Currently, David Raymond runs the Raymond Entertainment Group, which supervises the Mascot Hall of Fame.
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- List of college football coaches with 200 wins
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- Tubby Raymond at the College Football Hall of Fame
- Tubby Raymond at the College Football Data Warehouse