Football Opener September 6, Community Day, Will Honor "Coach Nick"

Football Opener September 6, Community Day, Will Honor "Coach Nick"

August 29, 2003

August 29, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University's football team opens its 2003 season on Saturday, September 6 -- its final campaign under Nick Mourouzis, the winningest coach in DePauw football history -- and everyone is invited to cheer on the Tigers and celebrate "Coach Nick's" legacy. Per tradition, the season opener is "Community Day" and there will be no admission charge for the game with Rhodes College. Kickoff is set for 1:30 at Blackstock Stadium, and all fans will receive a complimentary "Coach Nick Day" pom-pon.

Throughout the game, there will be recollections and celebrations of Coach Mourouzis' many contributions to DePauw and the Greencastle community over his 23 year career at the University. On August 16, Mourouzis announced his retirement effective at the conclusion of the 2003 football season. "Coach Nick" enters his 23rd season as the winningest coach in DePauw football history in terms of total victories with a 133-82-4 record with the Tigers. The 133 wins rank in a tie for 10th among all active NCAA Division III coaches, second among active Indiana collegiate coaches and fourth all-time in the state's history.

"This will be the first of several public 'thank you's' we'll offer Nick over the course of the season," notes James L. Lincoln, vice president for student services at DePauw. "The people of Greencastle and Putnam County are very fond of Nick, who's hosted local children at his football camps and is one of the local community's biggest boosters. Community Day will provide a great opportunity for people to come out and show their appreciation for all that Nick does, and cheer the Tigers on to victory as they begin the season."

In the preseason Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference poll, DePauw was picked to finish second behind 2002 NCAA Division III runner-up Trinity University. DePauw earned one first-place vote in the coaches' poll.

Read the announcement of Nick Mourouzis' retirement by clicking here. Access DePauw's football Web page here.

(photos by Marilyn E. Culler)