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Dick Crum is an American football coach. He served as head coach for Miami University, University of North Carolina and Kent State. His overall record as a collegiate head coach is 113-77-4. Crum is a 1957 graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and received a masters degree from Case Western Reserve University.


Early years

Crum played football, mostly as a backup, at both Muskingum College and Mount Union College before graduating from Mt. Union. After graduation Crum spent time as a teacher and assistant football coach at several high schools in Ohio including Boardman, Sandusky and Warren Harding. Crum first head coaching job was at Mentor High School in 1963 where he compiled a 50-9-1 record. He moved up to coaching on the college level in 1968 when he was hired as an assistant coach by Bill Mallory.[1]

College head coach

Miami University

Crum served as the head coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1974-1977. He orchestrated several big upset wins including victories over University of Kentucky (1974), Purdue (1975) and Indiana University (1977). He had 3 winning season in 4 years and won the Mid-American Conference three times. In his first two years he led the Miami to the Tangerine Bowl (Presently the Capital One Bowl) where they beat Georgia in 1974 and South Carolina in 1975. These two teams also finished ranked in the final AP poll at #10 in 1974 and #12 in 1975. The 1976 squad performance fell dramatically by finishing 3-8. Crum rebounded in the next year by leading the Redskins to a 10-1 record. After the 1977 season he accepted the head coaching position at North Carolina and was replaced by Tom Reed. During his 4 years he helped develop NFL standouts Rob Carpenter and Sherman Smith as well as current Illinois head coach Ron Zook, former Northwestern head coach Randy Walker. He finished his career at Miami with a career record of 34-10-1.

Miami University record

Year Overall (MAC/place) Bowl Game
1974 10-0-1 (5-0/1st) Tangerine
1975 11-1 (6-0/1st) Tangerine
1976 3-8 (2-4/7th) None
1977 10-1 (5-0/1st) None

University of North Carolina

Crum was hired as head coach at UNC in 1978, succeeding Bill Dooley. His finest season was in 1980 where he led North Carolina to the ACC championship, an 11-1 overall record and a victory over Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl. During his 10 years he helped develop several NFL players including Lawrence Taylor and Kelvin Bryant.

Crum's later teams were not quite as talented as his earlier ones; he only managed to win more than 6 games once in his final four seasons. He was fired at the end of the 1987 season, he was succeeded by Mack Brown. He finished his career at UNC with a career record of 72-41-3--still the most wins in school history.

UNC record

Year Overall (ACC/place) Bowl Game
1978 5-6 (3-3/4th) None
1979 8-3-1 (3-3/5th) Gator
1980 11-1 (6-0/1st) Bluebonnet
1981 10-2 (5-1/2nd) Gator
1982 8-4 (3-3/3rd T) Sun
1983 8-4 (4-2/2nd) Peach
1984 5-5-1 (3-2-1/3rd) None
1985 5-6 (3-4/5th) None
1986 7-4-1 (5-2/2nd) Aloha
1987 5-6 (3-4/6th) None

Kent State

Crum served as the head coach at Kent State from 1988-1990. He never could put together a winning season in 3 years and ended his career as the Flashes with a career record of 7-26.

Kent State record

Year Overall (MAC/place) Bowl Game
1988 5-6 (3-5/7th) None
1989 0-11 (0-8/9th) None
1990 2-9 (2-6/7thT) None


  1. ^ Kurz, Bob (1983) "Miami of Ohio, the Cradle of Coaches" p. 173 Library of Congress Catalog Card number 83-50645
Preceded by
Bill Mallory
Miami University Head Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Tom Reed
Preceded by
Bill Dooley
North Carolina Tar Heels Head Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Mack Brown
Preceded by
Glen Mason
Kent State Head Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Pete Cordelli

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