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Big Ten Assistant Nick Mourouzis Takes Over DePauw's Football Program

Big Ten Assistant Nick Mourouzis Takes Over DePauw's Football Program

February 17, 1981

nick mourouzis hired.jpgFebruary 17, 1981, Greencastle, Ind. - "I'm excited about handling the football program at a university with DePauw's academic reputation," says new head football coach Nick Mourouzis. The 43-year-old Miami (Ohio) University graduate has been a Big Ten assistant at Indiana and Northwestern universities since 1965. He takes over from Jerry Berndt, who left DePauw after two seasons to become head coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

"We will be working to continue to attract the top academic student-athletes who want the opportunity to play football for its enjoyment and personal satisfaction," Mourouzis told reporters at an Indianapolis news conference (photo at top shows the new coach with DePauw Trustee Fred C. Tucker Jr. '40).

"Another factor in coming to DePauw, besides the program and the people, is the facilities," Mourouzis continued. "When the Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center is completed this year, DePauw will have facilities that are second to none in Division III in the nation."

At Miami, Mourouzis played under legendary coaches Ara Parseghian and John Pont. In 1958, he led Miami to a Mid-American conference DePauw Pennant.jpgchampionship. Mourouzis was voted Miami's outstanding senior athlete and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary.

The coach earned a B.S. in physical education and mathematics at Miami, and later received an M.S. at Ohio University and the Directorate degree in physical education at Indiana University. He inherits a team that was 7-2-1 last fall and unbeaten in Division III play and is led by Rob Doyle, who will be a senior next fall and holds virtually all of DePauw's career passing marks.