Mount Union Football Stadium to be renamed Kehres Stadium

The entire playing and coaching career of legendary College Football Hall of Famer Larry Kehres was spent inside Mount Union Stadium.

From now on, the establishment will bear his name. The university announced Monday that the oldest college football stadium in Ohio will be dedicated to Kehres Stadium on June 11.

Larry and Linda Kehres Square will be built at the southwest corner of the stadium. The square will honor the importance of family in their lives and in the life of Mount Union’s football program. The area will also feature a roster of assistant coaches during Kehres’ head coaching career.

Additionally, the Larry T. Kehres Coaching Endowment for Football was established to support the Purple Raiders football program. Funds generated from the endowment will be used for coaching positions and complementary program needs, such as training or equipment costs.

Expenditures for this endowment will be allocated annually as part of the annual budget process. Funds will be used at the discretion of the Head Coach in a manner consistent with University practices and policies.

Purple Raider football alumni and friends of the program and the university are invited to donate to the fund at giving.mountunion.edu/kehres.

The university will dedicate the stadium, plaza and Dom and Karen Capers football building at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. The evening before, at the Alliance Country Club, a reunion of the 1996, 1997 and 1998 Purple Raiders national championship teams will take place. The following day, after the grand opening, will be Mount Union Football’s annual golf outing at Tannenhauf Golf Club at 1:00 p.m.

Kehres, a graduate of Southeast High School, is the winningest coach in college football history with a .929 (332-24-3) winning percentage. He graduated from Mount Union in 1971 and returned to school in 1974 as an assistant coach after two years at Bowling Green State as a graduate assistant and a season at Johnstown-Monroe High School as a coach- chief.

That same year, he also started the swimming program at Mount Union and coached many superstars, including eight-time All-American Sean Mallotke. Kehres was appointed athletic director in 1985 and the following year succeeded Ken Wable as head football coach.

In 27 years, he has built one of the most successful programs in all of college football. Under Kehres, the Purple Raiders posted 21 undefeated regular seasons and 23 Ohio Athletic Conference championships. From 2000 to 2013, Kehres compiled a 182-7 record with seven national championships. He is one of only 10 coaches in college football history with 300 wins.

He was named American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year a record 17 times, AFCA National Coach of the Year eight times, OAC Coach of the Year six times and in 2008 became the second NCAA Division III winner of the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year award.

In 2017, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Kehres has been an active member of the AFCA, serving on the board of directors and competing for a term as president of the organization. He was the offensive coordinator of the USA national soccer team which won the gold medal at the world championships in Austria.

Under Kehres, Mount Union had seven National Players of the Year, 18 Academic All-Americans, three national finalists for the Campbell Trophy, also known as the “Academic Heisman”.

In 2008, quarterback Greg Micheli was named Academic All-American of the Year and the recipient of the NCAA Top VIII award given to the nation’s top student-athletes. In 2009, punter Jay Carpenter became NCAA Division III football’s first winner of the NCAA Elite 90 award, given for academic excellence in championship competition, and in 2012 safety Nick Driskill was the All-American. NCAA Division III Football Academic of the Year Award.

During Kehres’ tenure as Director of Athletes, Mount Union won 13 of his 15 OAC Men’s All-Sports Trophies and four Women’s All-Sports Trophies. In 2014, Mount Union was Ohio’s top-ranked Division III program and finished 19th out of 444 programs nationally in the Learfield Directors Cup rankings, ranking athletic department success.

He oversaw the expansion of varsity sports – currently at 24, increased the athletics staff and led an aggressive plan to improve and create some of the best facilities in NCAA Division III, including expanding and the $17 million renovation of the Timken Physical Education Building and Peterson Field. House.

Kehres was also an associate physical education teacher and values ​​what his students have achieved in the classroom.

He and his wife, Linda, have three adult children, Vince, Faith and Jan, and eight grandchildren.

Vince is the defensive coordinator for the University of Toledo after posting a 95-6 record and the 2017 national championship in seven seasons as head coach of Mount Union, succeeding his father.

Kehres’ son-in-law, Geoff Dartt, is 17-1 in his third season as Mount Union head coach with two OAC championships.

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