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Former Coach Darrell Mudra Named to Football Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/24/2000
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Morristown, N.J.--Darrell Mudra, University of Arizona football coach in 1967 and 1968, will be inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in ceremonies Aug. 11 at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

Mudra was among the Divisional Hall of Fame Class which includes players and coaches from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA. Mudra had a long career spanning four decades at seven different institutions including the UA.

He compiled a stellar 200-81-4 record for a winning percentage of .709 from 1959 until he retired in 1988.

At Arizona, Mudra inherited a program which had gone 3-7 each of the previous two seasons and the Cats struggled to a 3-6-1 mark in his first year, 1867. But in 1968 the Cats posted an 8-3 record and made the school's third bowl appearance, dropping a 34-10 decision to Auburn in the Sun Bowl.

Mudra began his coaching career at Adams State (Colo.) in 1959 and led the team to a Mineral Bowl victory in 1962. He then coached three years at North Dakota State, taking the program to a 1964 Mineral Bowl victory. After his Arizona tenure, he coached at Western Illinois for four years, then was coach at Florida State for two years before a five-year stint at Eastern Illinois where he won the Division II National Championships. He finished his career with five years at Northern Iowa where he led the Panthers to the I-AA semifinals in both 1985 and 1987.

He was named Kodak Region 4 Coach of the Year in 1985 while at UNI. Mudra is currently retired and living in Crawfordville, Fla.

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