Nick Mourouzis To Be Inducted Into 'Cradle of Coaches'

Nick Mourouzis To Be Inducted Into 'Cradle of Coaches'

February 9, 2003

February 9, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis will be inducted into the "Cradle of Coaches" at his alma mater, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, at a ceremony February 15 to take place at halftime of the Miami-Marshall basketball game. Miami, which prides itself on the number of coaching legends who began their careers on the Oxford campus, will honor Mourouzis and five others "who, by virtue of their accomplishments, have been integral parts of this unique phenomenon in American sports history," the university says. Previous inductees include Ara Parseghian, Weeb Ewbank, Walter Alston and Woody Hayes.

Mourouzis, a 1959 graduate of Miami, is in his 22nd season as head football coach of the DePauw University Tigers, posting a 133-82-4 record. Mourouzis, the winningest coach in DePauw history, ranks 12th among active NCAA Division III coaches in victories and 44th in winning percentage among active coaches with at least five years of head coaching experience. Only six Division III coaches with at least 20 years as a head coach have a higher winning percentage. Mourouzis was named the Southern Collegiate Athletics Conference (SCAC) Coach of the Year in 2000 after leading the Tigers to a share of their first SCAC title. In his 32 years of coaching (1960-present), Mourouzis has had a variety of coaching experiences, spending time at the University of Indiana and Northwestern University under John Pont and at MAC schools such as Ball State and Ohio.

One of his legacies is the founding of the first national scholar-athlete honor society, which he started in 1996. The organization, Chi Alpha Sigma, currently has 58 chapters in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

You can read more in a news release posted at Miami's athletics Web page by clicking here. Access the DePauw football program's page here.