Former Michigan Wolverines football Head Coach Gary Moeller passed away on July 11, 2022 at age 81, leaving behind a memorable legacy as a head coach in both the Big Ten with the Wolverines and in the NFL.

Moeller played his college ball at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, believe it or not, and went to enjoy success as the boss of the team’s Ann Arbor based rivals.

Moeller was born in Lima, Ohio, and played both center and linebacker during his playing days.

Known for his no-nonsense attitude and fiery personality, Moeller was hand-picked by Bo Schembechler as his successor and went 43-13-3 during his time with the Wolverines.

A tribute video on Coach Moeller, who led the Wolverines to an undefeated (9-0-3) season in 1992, can be seen below.

Moeller also coached seven games for the Detroit Lions in the year 2000, finishing with a 4-3 record after previous head coach Bobby Ross resigned from his post.

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Moeller appeared for years on Jim Brandstatter’s popular Saturday morning show Michigan Replay, as shown in the classic video clip below.

Moeller had a 4-1 bowl record in Ann Arbor as coach of the Wolverines, surpassing Schembechler as well as former national title winning coach Lloyd Carr.

The cause of death was not specified. He is survived by his wife, Anne, daughters Susan, Amy and Molly, and son Andy.

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