Nick Mourouzis Has His Dancing Shoes Ready for Saturday Fundraiser
April 1, 2009
April 1, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — What does Nick Mourouzis, who led DePauw University's football program for 23 years, hope to get out of his participation in a Putnam County "Dancing with the Stars" fundraiser? "Fame!" he tells the Banner-Graphic. "And exercise."
The man known affectionately as "Coach Nick" also reveals to the newspaper, "I took cha-cha lessons on our honeymoon 49 1/2 years ago. I still like to cha-cha dance."
Jinsie Scott Bingham, a member of the University's Class of 1956, will serve as one of the program's judges.
Saturday's event will raise funds for the Putnam County Youth Development Commission. "Each contestant has been paired with a local dance professional to perform a simple routine that will last a maximum of two minutes," writes Jamie Barrand. "The dancer who gets the most points -- a combination of money raised before and during the event and the judges' scores -- will be the Dancing with the Putnam County Stars champion." (at right: Mourouzis being introduced as DePauw's new football coach in 1981 with DePauw Trustee Fred C. Tucker Jr. '40)
Mourouzis, professor emeritus of kinesiology at DePauw, guided the football Tigers to 138 victories, the most in University history, before retiring after the 2003 season. In 1996, he founded Chi Alpha Sigma, the nation's first collegiate scholar-athlete honor society. Learn more about the coach in this recent story, and access his 2004 commencement address at DePauw by clicking here.Back