Doc Urich

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Doc Urich
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Biographical details
Born(1928-09-20)September 20, 1928
Toledo, Ohio
DiedApril 28, 1997(1997-04-28) (aged 68)
Maumee, Ohio
Playing career
1947–1950Miami (OH)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1955Miami (OH) (assistant)
1956–1963Northwestern (assistant)
1964–1965Notre Dame (assistant)
1969–1970Northern Illinois
1971Buffalo Bills (DC)
1972–1975Denver Broncos (DL)
1976Denver Broncos (OL)
1978–1980Washington Redskins (DC)
1981–1983Green Bay Packers (DL)
1984Denver Broncos (ST)
1985Denver Broncos (TE/AOL)
Head coaching record

Richard Weldon "Doc" Urich (September 20, 1928 – April 28, 1997) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at University at Buffalo from 1966 to 1968 and at Northern Illinois University from 1969 to 1970, compiling a career record of 24–26.

Coaching career[edit]

For 16 years, starting in 1951, Urich was an assistant coach to Ara Parseghian at Miami University, Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame. In 1966, Urich became the head coach at the University of Buffalo.[1] In 1969, Urich became the head coach and at Northern Illinois University. Urich was the 12th head football coach for the Huskies and he held that position for two seasons, from 1969 until 1970. His record at Northern Illinois was 6–14. Urich spent 15 years as an assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL) with the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, and Green Bay Packers.


Urich died in 1997 of a heart attack.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Buffalo Bulls (NCAA University Division independent) (1966–1968)
1966 Buffalo 5–5
1967 Buffalo 6–4
1968 Buffalo 7–3
Buffalo: 18–12
Northern Illinois Huskies (NCAA University Division independent) (1969–1970)
1969 Northern Illinois 3–7
1970 Northern Illinois 3–7
Northern Illinois: 6–14
Total: 24–26


  1. ^ "Doc Urich Named UB’s New Head Football Coach," University of Buffalo Sports History Collection, February 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Ex-NIU Coach, NFL Assistant Doc Urich Dies," Chicago Tribune, May 1, 1997.