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Former & Current DePauw Coaches, Nick Mourouzis and Bill Lynch, Named to Indiana Football Hall of Fame

April 23, 2004

April 23, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "When Bill Lynch was named in December to succeed Nick Mourouzis as football coach at DePauw University, athletic director Page Cotton had no way of knowing that leadership of the program was going from one Hall of Famer to another," Pat McKee writes in this morning's Indianapolis Star. "But following a recent announcement, the Indiana Football Hall of Fame approved both the Tigers' former and new coaches among a group of 14 men for induction in 2004."

Lynch (seen at right) tells the newspaper, "I've spent virtually my whole life in Indiana and in football, so this is a great honor. And to go in the same year as Coach Nick, that's an honor, too." McKee notes that Bill Lynch was "a star quarterback at Bishop Chatard High School and Butler University who also has coached at Butler, Ball State and Indiana ... Lynch, 49, was one of six men selected as players. He led Chatard to an undefeated season in 1971, then became a small-college All-American with the Bulldogs."

The story continues, "Mourouzis, 67, is an Ohio native who led DePauw to a 138-87-4 record over 23 seasons, retiring at the end of the 2003 season. He is so respected at the Greencastle school that he has been chosen to give the commencement address next month. 'From when I was in the seventh grade, I always knew that coaching is what I wanted to do,' said Mourouzis, who previously was an assistant coach for one year at Ball State, two years at Ohio University, eight years at Indiana and eight years at Northwestern. 'But this, it is such an honor. And I'm especially pleased to go in with Bill. He has accomplished a lot as a player and a coach. It is double-barreled with him.'"

Access the article at the Star's Web site by clicking here.

Read the announcement of the appointment of Bill Lynch here. The story announcing the retirement of "Coach Nick" can be found here, while his selection as this year's commencement speaker is detailed here.

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