HAROLD "TUBBY" RAYMOND


 

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The Tubby Raymond File.

 

The 2002 season will mark the 37th year of "The Raymond Era" of University of Delaware football, a period that has been marked by consistently competitive and winning football.

The cliche goes something like "the record speaks for itself" and so it does for Harold R. "Tubby" Raymond. Under his direction the Blue Hens have compiled a 300-119-3 record, making him just the ninth coach in the history of college football to reach the 300-win plateau and only the fourth to do so at the same school. Raymond accomplished the feat with a 10-6 win over Atlantic 10 rival Nov. 10 at Delaware Stadium.

His 300 wins rank him second and his winning percentage of .717 ranks him eighth among all active Division I-AA coaches in the nation, trailing only Eastern Kentucky's Roy Kidd (306) in wins. He ranks fifth in wins among all active head coaches and ninth among all coaches in any division.

Raymond, 75, has accounted for over 50 percent of Delaware's 575 all-time victories in 110 seasons of intercollegiate competition. He entered his seventh decade coaching football in 2000, having began his career as a high school assistant in 1949 while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan.

Raymond's accomplishments are staggering.

The list includes three national titles &endash; 1971, 1972 and 1979; 14 Lambert Cup Eastern Championships; five appearances in a seven-year span of the NCAA Division II playoffs; 11 NCAA I-AA tournament appearances in 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996,1997, and 2000; six Atlantic 10 Conference (formerly Yankee Conference) titles in 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, and 2000; four Boardwalk Bowl victories; nine ECAC "Team of the Year" Awards; consistent ranking among the Top 20 College Division teams in the nation for the past decade; and a host of All-Americans and professional football draft selections.

Thirty-one of Raymond's 36 teams have had winning records, including a streak of 13 straight winning seasons that was snapped in 2001 when the Hens posted a 4-6 record. Only 13 times has a Raymond-coached squad had fewer than eight victories in a season.

The team success has brought Raymond numerous honors including the distinction of being just one of two College Division coaches ever to win consecutive American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year Awards, the only other coach to receive such honors was Wittenberg's Bill Edwards in 1962 and 1963. Raymond's accolades came in 1971 and 1972 when he coached Delaware to back-to-back national wire service championships.

In 1979, after winning the NCAA Division II National Championship, ABC Sports and Chevrolet named him "Coach of the Year" in NCAA Division II.

On the district level, Raymond has been named AFCA College Division District II (now NCAA I-AA Region I) Coach of the Year by the AFCA seven times, including the 1995 season, and the New York Football Writers Association ECAC I-AA Coach of the Year twice, including the 1992 season.

He earned yet another prestigious coaching award in 1998 when he was presented the Vince Lombardi Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual ECAC Football Banquet. The award, presented by the late Vince Lombardi's brother, Joseph, recognizes lifetime achievement among Eastern coaches. Hofstra's Joe Gardi, Syracuse's Paul Pasqualoni, and Penn State's Joe Paterno are former recipients.

In 2000, he was also recognized by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the top 10 sports figures of the 20th century in the state of Delaware.

In addition Raymond, has coached in several football all-star games, including the 1972 and 1973 AFCA All-Star Games and the 1976 College All-Star Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 1980 he was the subject of a full-length biography, Tubby!, written by former Wilmington News Journal Sports Editor Al Cartwright.

Raymond was named Yankee Conference Coach of the Year for the first time in 1991 when he led Delaware to a record of 10-2, the Lambert Cup, Yankee tri-championship, and a berth into the NCAA I-AA playoffs.

He surpassed those numbers in 1992 when Delaware went 11-3, won the outright Yankee title, and advanced to the I-AA semifinals before losing to eventual champion Marshall, 21-7.

The Hens made it three straight trips to the I-AA playoffs in 1993 when the squad went 9-4 and downed No. 2 Montana 49-48 in the opening round before falling again to Marshall, 34-31, in the quarterfinals.

Delaware failed to qualify for post-season play in 1994, but it was a short-lived drought. The Hens put together another great year in 1995, posting an 11-2 record, winning the Yankee title with a perfect 8-0 mark, and advancing to the NCAA I-AA quarterfinals before losing to top-ranked McNeese State at Lake Charles, LA.

The Hens once again made post-season play in 1996, earning an at-large berth in an 8-4 season before losing in the first round to eventual undefeated national champion Marshall.

In 1997, the Hens posted a 12-2 record and advanced to the NCAA I-AA semifinals before a last second 23-21 setback to McNeese State.

After failing to qualify for the NCAA playoffs in 1998 and 1999, the Blue Hens returned to post-season action in a big way in 2000, posting a 12-2 record, earning the Atlantic 10 co-title with Richmond, and advancing to the I-AA semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Georgia Southern. The No. 2 seed Hens opened the playoffs with victories over Portland State (49-14) in the first round and Lehigh (47-22) in the quarterfinals. The Hens fell to No. 3 seed Georgia Southern 27-18 in the semifinals at Delaware Stadium.

Under Raymond the Blue Hens have received national recognition virtually unparalleled in their 112-year football history. Since 1969, Delaware has been ranked in the final Top 10 College Division or Division I-AA poll 16 times, ranking first in 1971, 1972 and 1979.

The Hens were ranked No. 3 in both the final Sports Network and ESPN/USA Today polls in 1997 and 2000.

 

All-Time NCAA Coaching Win List (Updated through Nov. 16, 2001)
Coach Final Team Record (Years)
Eddie Robinson Grambling 408-165-15 (55)
John Gagliardi St. John's, Minn. 385-110-11 (53)
Joe Paterno Penn State 325-95-3 (36)
Bear Bryant Alabama 323-85-17 (38)
Bobby Bowden Florida State 321-90-4 (36)
Pop Warner Temple 319-106-32 (44)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Pacific 314-199-35 (57)
Roy Kidd Eastern Kentucky 306-119-8 (36)
Tubby Raymond Delaware 300-118-3 (36)
Active Coaches in Blue

The 1971 team went 10-1 and won both the AP and UPI national titles while the 1972 club repeated, going 10-0 to rank as only the fifth untied, undefeated football team in UD history.

His 1979 squad produced the best record in all of college football with a 13-1 mark winning the 1979 national title through the NCAA playoff system. In addition, his 1974 and 1978 squads played in the Division II title game while his 1982 team played in the I-AA title game.

Raymond came to Delaware from the University of Maine in 1954 and served as Dave Nelson's backfield coach for 12 years before Nelson, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame who died in 1991, resigned to devote full-time to his duties as athletic director.

As Nelson's backfield coach at Delaware, Raymond played a major role in developing the powerhouse UD teams in the early 1960's, including the 1963 squad that won the UPI small college national title.

Raymond led his first team in 1966 to a 6-3 record and the first of three Middle Atlantic Conference University Division championships.

The Blue Hens were 8-3 in 1968 and 9-2 in both 1969 and 1970, winning the MAC title in 1968 and 1969 and the Lambert Cup and NCAA Boardwalk Bowl regional crown all three seasons. They made it four straight Boardwalk Bowl titles and a national crown as well in 1971 when they topped C.W. Post in the Atlantic City Convention Center in December 1971.

The 1972 team went undefeated and won a second national title. The Hen winning streak reached 20 games midway through the 1973 season and that team became the first of five Delaware entries into the Division II playoffs.

The 1974 squad posted a 12-2 mark reaching the championship game via a 49-11 win over Nevada-Las Vegas that was seen nationwide and is still considered the best exhibition of the Delaware Wing-T offense.

The 1978 squad again reached the NCAA finals with a 10-4 record while the final Division II Delaware team in 1979 won the crown and suffered its lone loss to 17th-ranked Garden State Bowl titlist Division I-A Temple. His 1982 team finished 12-2 and reached the I-AA title game.

Known as an outstanding football strategist, Raymond has built a powerful offensive machine at Delaware. The Hens led the nation in rushing in 1970, averaging 390 yards per game. The 1969 team led the nation's College Division teams in total offense, while the 1968 club was tops in rushing and fifth in total offense.

Finally, in 1971, they combined efforts to win both the rushing and total offense crowns.

In 1982 the Wing-T offense guided the Hens to the national NCAA I-AA scoring title (34.1) and national rushing title (258.4 yards per game).

The 1979 NCAADiv. II National Championship team led the nation in total offense &endash; 405.5 yards per game &endash; and in scoring with 35.5 points a game.

Called "Tubby" by his childhood playmates, Raymond lost the weight but not the nickname. A native of Flint, Michigan, and a 1950 graduate of the University of Michigan, Raymond played football and baseball for the Wolverines and captained the 1949 baseball team.

He played minor league professional baseball for two years and was head football coach at University High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before heading to the University of Maine.

Tubby served as Blue Hen baseball coach for nine years and compiled the second best coaching record in the history of the sport at Delaware with a mark of 141-56.

He left the baseball post before the 1965 season to become a full-time football assistant. Six of Raymond's nine baseball teams qualified for the NCAA District II playoffs.

Tubby's main outside interests include golf and painting.

His acrylic painting has brought him national media attention, including features on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Sports Illustrated, CNN, and Fox Sports "The Slant".

Raymond has painted a portrait of a senior member of the team each week during the season for most of his career at Delaware and has painted several for charity auctions.

He provided the art work of captain Brian Ginn for the cover of the 1999 University of Delaware Football Media Guide. He also provided the artwork for the 1990 Delaware Football Media Guide.

In addition to his football duties at Delaware, Raymond is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association, and is currently Chairman of the AFCA Rules Committee.

Raymond was married January 1, 1993 to the former Diane Esterling. They reside in Landenberg, PA with their daughter, Michelle.

Raymond has four children and 12 grandchildren. Oldest son Chris, a former coach on the Division III and semi-pro level, is an officer with J.P. Morgan Bank.

Youngest son, David, had a national following all his own as The Phillie Phanatic, official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. He now owns Raymond Entertainment and still performs in other costumes. Daughter, Debbie, is a psychologist with the Rockford Center in Wilmington.

 

Tubby Raymond Year by Year at Delaware

Year

Overall Record

Conference Record (Finish)

Highlights

1966

6-3

6-0 MAC (1st)

Middle Atlantic Conference Champions

1967

2-7

2-3 MAC (4th)

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1968

8-3

5-0 MAC 91st)

Middle Atlantic Conference Champions
Lambert Cup Champions
Boarwalk Bowl Champions

1969

9-2

6-0 MAC (1st)

Middle Atlantic Conference Champions
Lambert Cup Champions
Boarwalk Bowl Champions

1970

9-2

-

Lambert Cup Champions
Boarwalk Bowl Champions

1971

10-1

-

AP & UPI National Champions
Lambert Cup Champions
Boarwalk Bowl Champions
AFCA Kodak College Div. Coach of the Year
AFCA District II Coach of the Year

1972

10-0

-

AP & UPI National Champions
Lambert Cup Champions
AFCA Kodak College Div. Coach of the Year
AFCA District II Coach of the Year

1973

8-4

-

NCAA College Division Playoffs
Lambert Cup Champions

1974

12-2

-

NCAA Division II Runner-up
Lambert Cup Champions
ECAC Team of the Year
AFCA District II Coach of the Year

1975

8-3

-

-

1976

8-3-1

-

NCAA Division II Quarterfinals
Lambert Cup Champions
ECAC Team of the Year

1977

6-3-1

-

-

1978

10-4

-

NCAA Division II Runner-up
ECAC Team of the Year
AFCA District II Coach of the Year

1979

13-1

-

NCAA Division II Champions
Lambert Cup Champions
ECAC Team of the Year

ABC Sports College Div. Coach of the Year
AFCA District II Coach of the Year

1980

9-2

-

-

1981

9-3

-

NCAA Division II Quarterfinals
ECAC Team of the Year

1982

12-2

-

NCAA Division II Runner-Up
Lambert Cup Champions
ECAC Team of the Year

1983

4-7

-

-

1984

8-3

-

-

1985

7-4

-

-

1986

9-4

5-2 Yankee (1st)

NCAA Division I -AAQuarterfinals
Yankee Conference Tri-Champions

1987

5-6

2-5 Yankee (5th)

-

1988

7-5

6-2 Yankee (1st)

NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs
Yankee Conference Co-Champions

1989

7-4

5-3 Yankee (4th)

-

1990

6-5

5-3 Yankee (2nd)

-

1991

10-2

7-1 Yankee (1st)

NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs
Lambert Cup Champions
Yankee Conference Champions
Yankee Conference Coach of the Year

1992

11-3

7-1 Yankee (1st)

NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals
Yankee Conference Champions
ECAC Team of the Year
AFCA East Region Coach of the Year

1993

9-4

6-2 Yankee (3rd)

NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinals

1994

7-3-1

5-3 Yankee (2nd)

-

1995

11-2

8-0 Yankee (1st)

NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinals
Lambert Cup Champions
ECAC Team of the Year
Yankee Conference Champions
AFCA Region I I-AA Coach of the Year

1996

8-4

6-2 Yankee (2nd)

NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs

1997

12-2

7-1 Atlantic 10 (2nd)

NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals
Lambert Cup Champions

1998

7-4

4-4 Atlantic 10 (4th)

Vince Lombardi Award

1999

7-4

5-3 Atlantic 10 (4th)

-

2000

12-2

7-1 Atlantic 10 (1st)

NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals
Lambert Cup Champions
Atlantic 10 Co-Champions

2001

4-6

4-5 Atlantic 10 (6th)

Wins 300th game Nov. 10 vs. Richmond

Totals

300-119-3

108-41

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Information taken from the University of Delaware Web Page.


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