UD loses a legend
Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond, the hall of fame football coach who led the Blue Hens to 300 wins and pioneered the Delaware Wing-T offense, died Dec. 8. He was 92.
“Coach Raymond was a true icon and his legacy lives on among all Blue Hens,” Athletic Director Chrissi Rawak said in a prepared statement. “We certainly remember all the great accomplishments that Coach Raymond provided Delaware fans over the years, but more importantly we celebrate the impact he had on the lives of so many student-athletes.”
A native of Flint, Mich., Raymond played football and baseball for the University of Michigan. After graduating in 1950, he completed coaching stints at a Michigan high school and the University of Maine before coming to the University of Delaware to serve as an assistant coach under head coach Dave Nelson.
He took over the helm of the Blue Hens in 1966 and remained the head coach for 36 seasons. In that time, he accumulated a record of 300-119-3 and won three national titles, six Atlantic 10 conference championships, four Boardwalk Bowls and 14 Lambert Cups.
Raymond earned his 300th win Nov. 10, 2001, when the Blue Hens defeated Richmond 10-6 in their final home game of the season. He retired that winter.
“Nothing lasts forever, and so it is with me,” Raymond said when announcing his retirement. “I knew eventually it would be time to leave and this just seemed like the appropriate time. This was a very difficult decision for me. I’ve coached football for 52 years and to suddenly remove that from your life is a very emotional thing.”
However, Raymond remained deeply connected to the team, regularly attending Blue Hens games until very recently.
The year after he retired, UD named the field after him as he passed the coaching reins to K.C. Keeler, who played on Raymond’s 1979 championship team.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
An avid artist, Raymond was known for painting portraits of his senior players and continued that tradition after he retired.
“I can’t tell you how much the painting has meant,” he told the Newark Post in a 2007 interview. “Honestly, if I had the choice of coaching an undefeated season or creating a portrait that speaks to me, I’m fairly certain I’d choose the painting.”
Tubby Raymond, who coached the Blue Hens for 36 seasons, died Dec. 8.
Tubby Raymond serves as honorary captain before a Blue Hens game in November 2016.