Legendary UD football coach Tubby Raymond dies

University of Delaware photo. (Eric Crossan)

Legendary University of Delaware football coach Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond has died after a short illness.

He was 92 and chalked up a stellar coaching record at the university, winning 300 games and three national championships.

A native of Flint, Mich., Raymond, who played football and baseball at the University of Michigan, began his coaching career right out of college and came to Delaware in 1954 as head baseball coach and assistant football coach under another legendary coach, David Nelson.

He enjoyed a successful 36-year career as head coach that saw him lead the Blue Hens to a record of 300-119-3, three national titles and 16 NCAA playoff appearances. Thirty-one of his 36 teams had winning records and 11 won 10 or more games.


Raymond earned his 300th victory with a win over Richmond Nov. 10, 2001, making him the ninth coach in college history to reach that milestone and only the fourth to accomplish the feat at one school at the time.

Raymond came to Delaware from the University of Maine in 1954 and served as Nelson’s backfield coach for 12 years before Nelson, who died in 1991, resigned to devote full-time to his athletic director duties.

Called “Tubby” by his childhood playmates, Raymond lost the weight but not the nickname. A native of Flint, Mich., and a 1950 graduate of the University of Michigan, Raymond played football and baseball for the Wolverines and captained the 1949 baseball team.

He played minor league professional baseball for two years.

After his coaching career, Raymond devoted more time to his hobby of painting portraits.

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