Denny Stolz

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Denny Stolz
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1934-09-12) September 12, 1934 (age 83)
Playing career
1954 Alma
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1955–1962 Haslett HS (MI)
1963–1964 Eastern HS (MI)
1965–1970 Alma
1971–1972 Michigan State (DC)
1973–1975 Michigan State
1977–1985 Bowling Green
1986–1988 San Diego State
Head coaching record
Overall 125–93–2 (college)
Bowls 0–3
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
3 MIAA (1967–1968, 1970)
2 MAC (1982, 1985)
1 WAC (1986)
Awards
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1974)
2x MAC Coach of the Year (1982, 1985)

Dennis Earl Stolz (born September 12, 1934) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Alma College (1965–1970), Michigan State University (1973–1975), Bowling Green State University (1977–1985), and San Diego State University (1986–1988), compiling a career college football record of 125–93–2.

Stolz graduated from Alma College in 1955.[1]

Stolz served as defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Michigan State for two seasons before being promoted to succeed Duffy Daugherty as head coach on December 12, 1972. He was selected over Johnny Majors, Lee Corso and Barry Switzer who had removed himself from consideration the previous day.[1] Stolz's three years as Spartans head coach was marred by a player recruiting scandal that culminated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) placing the program on three years’ probation on January 25, 1976. As a result, the Spartans were prohibited from any television and bowl game appearances through the 1978 season.[2] Stolz resigned at the behest of university president Clifton R. Wharton Jr. and the board of trustees just over seven weeks later on March 16, 1976.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Alma Scots (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1965–1970)
1965 Alma 3–5 1–4 T–5th[4]
1966 Alma 4–5 3–2 T–2nd[5]
1967 Alma 8–0 5–0 1st
1968 Alma 8–0 5–0 1st
1969 Alma 6–3 4–1 2nd[6]
1970 Alma 5–3 4–1 T–1st
Alma: 34–16 22–8
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1973–1975)
1973 Michigan State 5–6 4–4 T–4th
1974 Michigan State 7–3–1 6–1–1 3rd 18 12
1975 Michigan State 7–4 4–4 T–3rd
Michigan State: 19–13–1 14–9–1
Bowling Green Falcons (Mid-American Conference) (1977–1985)
1977 Bowling Green 5–7 4–3 T–5th
1978 Bowling Green 4–7 3–5 T–5th
1979 Bowling Green 4–7 3–5 8th
1980 Bowling Green 4–7 4–4 7th
1981 Bowling Green 5–5–1 5–3–1 4th
1982 Bowling Green 7–5 7–2 1st L California
1983 Bowling Green 8–3 7–2 T–2nd
1984 Bowling Green 8–3 7–2 2nd
1985 Bowling Green 11–1 9–0 1st L California
Bowling Green: 56–45–1 49–26–1
San Diego State Aztecs (Western Athletic Conference) (1986–1988)
1986 San Diego State 8–4 7–1 1st L Holiday
1987 San Diego State 5–7 4–4 5th
1988 San Diego State 3–8 3–5 T–6th
San Diego State: 16–19 14–10
Total: 125–93–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Denny Stolz who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

References[edit]