For­mer coach Forzano dies at 90

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Rick Forzano, the for­mer head coach of the NFL’s Detroit Lions who was UConn’s coach dur­ing the 1964 and 1965 sea­sons, died at the age of 90.

Forzano posted a 7-10-1 record as UConn’s coach. In his first sea­son, the Huskies went 2-1-1 in the Yan­kee Con­fer­ence mark­ing the first win­ning mark in con­fer­ence play for UConn since 1960. The 1965 sea­son be­gan with a his­toric 13-6 win over Yale. The Huskies en­tered the game 0-16 against the Bull­dogs and were shut out in nine of those con­tests.

Forzano was also the head coach at Navy from 1969-72 and was an as­sis­tant coach at Navy when Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Roger Staubach played for the Mid­ship­men. He was the Lions head coach dur­ing the 1974 and 1975 sea­sons and the first four games in 1976.

Forzano had fu­ture NFL coaches Joe Bugel, Bill Belichick, Ray­mond Berry and Jerry Glanville on the staff when he coached the Lions. Fu­ture NFL coaches Sam Wy­che and Dick Jau­ron played for the Lions dur­ing Forzano’s ten­ure.

KING HIRED

Matt King has been hired as the di­rec­tor of strength and con­di­tion­ing at UConn.

King has been the ass­sis­tant strength and con­di­tion­ing coach at the Uni­ver­sity of Washington since 2016. He pre­vi­ously worked with the foot­ball and field hockey pro­grams at Columbia. King, who was an Al­lAmer­i­can de­fen­sive end at Maine, had a stint as Maine's head strength and con­di­tion­ing coach from 2013-15.

King re­places Eric Klein who served in the same role for the last two sea­sons but was one of four staff mem­bers not re­tained by UConn coach Randy Ed­sall after the Huskies fin­ished 1-11 dur­ing the 2018 sea­son.

King will begin work­ing with the UConn foot­ball play­ers when they re­turn to cam­pus on Jan. 22.

As­so­ci­ated Press file photo

Rick Forzano, shown here in 1974, was the coach at UConn dur­ing the 1964 and 1965 sea­sons. Forzano re­cently died at the age of 90.

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