Mi­ami coach made his name build­ing ‘No-Name De­fense’

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Bill Arnsparger, an as­sis­tant coach who di­rected the “No-Name De­fense” that helped the Mi­ami Dol­phins win Su­per Bowl ti­tles in 1973 and 1974, died July 17 at his home in Athens, Ala. He was 88.

His death was an­nounced by the Dol­phins. The cause was not dis­closed. The Dol­phins team that won the Su­per Bowl in Jan­uary 1973 had a record of 17-0, the only per­fect sea­son in Na­tional Football League history.

Mr. Arnsparger left the Dol­phins af­ter the 1974 Su­per Bowl to be­come head coach of the New York Giants, where hewas7-28 be­fore he was fired af­ter an 0-7 start in 1976. He re­turned to Don Shula’s Mi­ami staff and re­mained with the Dol­phins un­til 1983, help­ing them reach another Su­per Bowl.

In a state­ment, Shula called Mr. Arnsparger “one of the great­est de­fen­sive coaches in football. He molded two cham­pi­onship units, the ‘No-Names’ and the ‘Killer B’s,’ and was in­no­va­tive in the way he used per­son­nel.”

Shula added, “If there was a Hall of Fame for as­sis­tant coaches, he would be one of the very first in­ductees.”

Mr. Arnsparger was head coach at Louisiana State Univer­sity from 1984 to 1986, lead­ing the Tigers to two South­east­ern Con­fer­ence ti­tles in three sea­sons be­fore leav­ing to be­come ath­letic di­rec­tor at the Univer­sity of Florida.

He com­pleted his pro coach­ing ca­reer as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor of the San Diego Charg­ers from 1992 through 1994.

Wil­liam Stephen Arnsparger was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Paris, Ky. Af­ter serv­ing in the Marines dur­ing World War II, he played tackle for Coach Woody Hayes at Mi­ami Univer­sity in Ohio. One of his team­mates was Bo Schem­bech­ler, the fu­ture Michigan coach.

Mr. Arnsparger started his coach­ing ca­reer at his alma mater, spent time un­der Hayes at Ohio State, and also had stints at Ken­tucky and Tu­lane be­fore jump­ing to the NFL’s Bal­ti­more Colts with Shula in 1964.

Mr. Arnsparger coached the Colts’ de­fen­sive line on teams that reached the 1964 NFL ti­tle game and 1969 Su­per Bowl.

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