Dennis Douds

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Dennis Douds
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team East Stroudsburg
Conference PSAC
Record 260–188–3
Biographical details
Born (1941-02-16) February 16, 1941 (age 76)
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1960–1962 Slippery Rock
Position(s) Guard, nose tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963–1964 McDowell HS (PA) (assistant)
1965 West Virginia (asst. freshmen)
1966–1967 East Stroudsburg (assistant)
1968–1973 East Stroudsburg (DC)
1974–present East Stroudsburg
Head coaching record
Overall 260–188–3
Tournaments 4–4 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
4 PSAC (1975–1976, 1978, 1982)
9 PSAC Eastern Division (1975–1976, 1978, 1980, 1982–1983, 1991, 2002–2003)

Dennis "Denny" Douds (born February 16, 1941) is an American football coach and former player. He has been a football coach at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania since 1966 and the head football coach there since 1974. With 230 career coaching wins, he ranks 11th in wins among all active college football coaches across all divisions of the NCAA and NAIA. He played football at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1963.

Early years[edit]

Douds is a native of western Pennsylvania, having attended Indiana High School in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.[1] Douds played football for Slippery Rock University as a right guard on offense and a nose tackle on defense. He earned All-Conference, All-State and NAIA All-America honors, and was named Slippery Rock's outstanding senior athlete in 1962–1963.[2] Douds graduated from Slippery Rock in 1963.[3]

After graduating from Slippery Rock, Douds was hired as an assistant football coach at McDowell High School in suburban Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1965, he was hired as an assistant freshman football coach at West Virginia University while working on a master's degree in physical education.[4]

East Stroudsburg[edit]

In 1966, Douds joined the coaching staff at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.[4] He began coaching tight ends and linebackers and became the team's defensive coordinator in 1968.[2] After eight years as an assistant coach under Charles Reese (45–21–2), Douds took over as East Stroudsburg's head football coach in 1974. Douds is also an assistant professor of sport studies at East Stroudsburg.[2]

In his 37 years as head coach, Douds' East Stroudsburg football program has been one of the leading programs in NCAA Division II. Douds has had seven seasons in which his team has won at least nine games, including consecutive undefeated seasons in 1975 (10–0) and 1976 (9–0–1).[3] The 1982 team (9–2) won the Lambert Cup as the top Division II football team in the East.[2]

Douds' quarterback on the undefeated teams of 1975 and 1976 was Mike Terwilliger. Terwilliger joined Douds coaching staff after graduating, and has been Douds' assistant coach for more than 30 years.[5] In 2006, Mike Terwilliger said of Douds, "The man hasn't changed any of his beliefs, any of his principles or the way he coaches football. What separates him from a lot of people around the game of football is that he realizes his job is bigger than what takes place on Saturday afternoons. The neat thing is to see guys came back after 30, 35 years and see the impact he's had on their lives."[4]

Terwilliger's son, Jimmy Terwilliger, also played quarterback for Douds. The younger Terwilliger won the 2005 Harlon Hill Trophy and set 12 NCAA records at ESU, including tying the NCAA record for all levels with 148 career touchdown passes and setting a new Division II record with 16,064 yards of total offense.[6] The 2005 East Stroudsburg team with Terwilliger at quarterback broke the school record with 11 wins, won the Lambert Trophy and produced five All-America selections.[2] Douds said of Terwilliger, "Jimmy Terwilliger is simply the best football player ever in the PSAC, and I give you that with over 50 years of experience in the league."[7]

NFL coach Harry Hiestand also got his start as an assistant coach working under Douds.[8]

Douds won his 200th career victory in 2006,[4] and in 2008, he became the winningest coach in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference history.[1][9] On the eve of his 200th win, Douds said, "I never scored a touchdown, never made a tackle, never threw a block, never threw a pass. This represents a great tribute to the thousands of guys who have played here, and the 100 or so coaches who have been with me here in that tenure."[4] As he neared the PSAC coaching wins record, the Associated Press opened its story on Douds' drive to the PSAC coaching wins record as follows:

"Quick, name the Pennsylvania college football coach climbing a career wins list who has spent decades at the same university. The one not named Joe Paterno. He's East Stroudsburg coach Denny Douds, who is a victory away from having the most wins in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference history."[10]

Interviewed in 2006, Douds said he would stop coaching when it was no longer fun. Asked if he would still be coaching at age 82, like fellow Pennsylvania coaching legend, Joe Paterno, Douds responded, "Am I still breathing at that time?"[11] In May 2010, the 69-year-old Douds gained attention for jumping with the Golden Knights, the United States Army Parachute Team. Douds described jumping from the plane at 13,500 feet as "magnificent." He noted, "I don't care if you're 16, 18 or 22, getting ready to play West Chester or Bloomsburg. If you're 69 and there's something you like to do, go ahead and do it."[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

Douds has received numerous awards for his accomplishments and contributions to the sport, including the following:

  • Douds was named the Kodak College Division Coach of the Year in 1975, 1976, and 1982.[2]
  • He was named PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year in 1976, 1982, 2002.[2]
  • Douds has been inducted into the East Stroudsburg Athletic Hall of Fame (1998), the Slippery Rock University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Indiana County Athletic Hall of Fame and the Northeast Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]


Douds and his wife, Judy Douds, have a daughter, Jill, a son, Douglas, and five grandchildren.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
East Stroudsburg Warriors (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) (1974–present)
1974 East Stroudsburg 5–5 4–2 2nd (East)
1975 East Stroudsburg 10–0 6–0 1st (East)
1976 East Stroudsburg 9–0–1 6–0 1st (East)
1977 East Stroudsburg 6–2 3–2 3rd (East)
1978 East Stroudsburg 10–1 5–0 1st (East)
1979 East Stroudsburg 7–3 3–2 T–3rd (East)
1980 East Stroudsburg 6–4 4–1 T–1st (East)
1981 East Stroudsburg 4–6 3–2 T–2nd (East)
1982 East Stroudsburg 9–2 6–0 1st (East)
1983 East Stroudsburg 7–4 5–1 1st (East)
1984 East Stroudsburg 5–5 3–3 4th (East)
1985 East Stroudsburg 2–8 2–4 T–4th (East)
1986 East Stroudsburg 1–9 1–5 T–5th (East)
1987 East Stroudsburg 4–6 2–4 T–5th (East)
1988 East Stroudsburg 4–6 3–3 4th (East)
1989 East Stroudsburg 6–4 2–4 5th (East)
1990 East Stroudsburg 6–4 3–2 wnd (East)
1991 East Stroudsburg 8–3–1 5–0–1 1st (East) L NCAA Division II First Round
1992 East Stroudsburg 8–2 5–1 2nd (East)
1993 East Stroudsburg 7–2–1 4–2 T–2nd (East)
1994 East Stroudsburg 5–5 2–4 5th (East)
1995 East Stroudsburg 4–6 3–3 4th (East)
1996 East Stroudsburg 6–4 4–2 T–2nd (East)
1997 East Stroudsburg 4–6 3–3 T–4th (East)
1998 East Stroudsburg 2–8 2–4 5th (East)
1999 East Stroudsburg 4–7 2–4 5th (East)
2000 East Stroudsburg 6–5 3–3 4th (East)
2001 East Stroudsburg 7–3 5–1 2nd (East)
2002 East Stroudsburg 8–2 5–1 T–1st (East)
2003 East Stroudsburg 8–3 5–1 T–1st (East)
2004 East Stroudsburg 10–2 5–1 2nd (East) L NCAA Division II Second Round
2005 East Stroudsburg 11–3 4–2 3rd (East) L NCAA Division II Semifinal
2006 East Stroudsburg 7–4 4–1 3rd (East)
2007 East Stroudsburg 3–6 2–3 T–3rd (East)
2008 East Stroudsburg 9–2 5–2 3rd (East)
2009 East Stroudsburg 8–4 4–3 5th (East) L NCAA Division II First Round
2010 East Stroudsburg 3–8 2–5 6th (East)
2011 East Stroudsburg 3–8 1–6 7th (East)
2012 East Stroudsburg 5–5 4–3 T–3rd (East)
2013 East Stroudsburg 7–4 4–3 4th (East)
2014 East Stroudsburg 6–5 5–4 T–3rd (East)
2015 East Stroudsburg 6–5 4–3 5th (East)
2016 East Stroudsburg 4–7 2–5 6th (East)
East Stroudsburg: 260–188–3 155–105–1
Total: 260–188–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Keith Barnes (2008-09-26). "East Stroudsburg coach tops winningest coach list". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Greensburg, Pa. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Denny Douds profile". East Stroudsburg University. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b "NCAA Career Statistics". NCAA. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Jeff Schuler (2006-08-30). "At ESU, a winning combo". Knight Ridder Tribune Business News, Washington. 
  5. ^ "Mike Terwilliger profile". East Stroudsburg University. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  6. ^ Larry O'Rourke (2007-05-02). "Vikings want to take a look at Terwilliger: ESU record-breaking QB going to Minnesota to show what he can do". Knight Ridder Tribune Business News (from The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.). 
  7. ^ Jeff Schuler (2006-11-08). "End of the trail for ESU QB Jimmy Terwilliger: He will conclude a fantastic career on Saturday". Knight Ridder Tribune Business News (from The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.). 
  8. ^ Phil Sheridan (2007-02-04). "What can new coach teach Pro Bowlers?: The Bears' Hiestand has found success". McClatchy-Tribune Business News, Washington. 
  9. ^ "Douds Sets PSAC Mark; Warriors Win OT Classic 44–41 over Shippensburg". East Stroudsburg University. 2008-09-20. 
  10. ^ Genaro Armas (2008-09-08). "Douds Nears PSAC Wins Record". Associated Press. 
  11. ^ a b "Take 5 with Denny Douds: A Wednesday chat with a Lehigh Valley sports figure". McClatchy-Tribune Business News (from The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.). 2008-09-03. 
  12. ^ Mike Kuhns (2010-05-08). "Warriors' Douds Takes His Game to New Heights". Pocono Record. 

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