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TV Station Reports on Special Day for "Coach Nick"

October 24, 2013

"He never came out to practice where he didn’t put it out there at 100 percent," Bob Torkelson says of his former football coach at DePauw University, Nick Mourouzis. "So you learn that when something’s important, you give it 100 percent all the time." 

Torkelson and Rob Doyle, 1982 graduates and co-captains of "Coach Nick"'s first team at DePauw, offer their thoughts in a piece produced by Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN/Fox 59.  The station's Larry Hawley was on hand October 12 as the Tigers dedicated their new synthetic turf in the name of the man who led the program from 1981 through 2003.

Mourouzis came to DePauw from Northwestern University, where he was an assistant coach.  Doyle, now an Indianapolis attorney, and Torkelson, president and CEO of Trinchero Family Estates, interviewed Mourouzis and the other finalists for the job 32 years ago, and remembers his positive attitude quickly won them over.

"Coach gets on the blackboard 20 minutes he’s diagramming things, talking about everything he’s going to do, how eBY3R7163nthusiastic he was," Doyle (pictured at left at the ceremony) recalls. "That’s what sold us right there."Taught us to believe in ourselves and really taught us the idea that  self-discipline and all the things that you read about. Sounds a little comic book, sounds a little silly sometimes but it’s real.

Torkelson says that Mourouzis “taught us to believe in ourselves and really taught us the idea that  self-discipline and all the things that you read about. Sounds a little comic book, sounds a little silly sometimes but it’s real. He taught us hard work pays off and that leadership is important and if you carry those skills into life, whatever you do, you’re going to be a success."

A total of 40 former captains who played for Mourouzis returned to campus for the Old Gold halftime ceremony, and were joined at midfield by dozens of other student-athletes whose lives were shaped by the coach.

"It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to even LGL 5527conceive that the field is being named in my honor," Mourouzis told the station. "I’m very, very humbled by it all. It’s awesome and I’m very humbled about it, that’s all I can say. From the bottom of my heart I just can’t believe it."

Read more, and access video, at Fox 59's website.

A summary of the dedication of Nick Mourouzis Field is available here.  Also available is a Banner-Graphic article. Video of the festivities is embedded below.

Source: WXIN (Fox)/Indianapolis

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