Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dick MacPherson (1930-2017)

Dick MacPherson always was a favorite coach of mine growing up, mostly because he was from Old Town, Maine (Pine Tree State represent!) and he was the jovial, lovable coach of some godawful New England Patriots teams (ah, the sons of Hugh Millen, playing in front of 20,000 or so at Foxboro Stadium) who hugged everyone in sight on the rare occasion of a Pats victory.

But before that, there was a successful run at Syracuse, where he went 66-46-4 and coached the Orange to an undefeated 1987 season. And before that he coached at UMass, where from 1971-77 he went 45-27-1, won four Yankee Conference titles and even a bowl game (the 1972 Boardwalk Bowl). And he was 7-0 against my Black Bears, but I'll forgive him for that one.

Above are the uniforms the Red/Minutemen wore during Mac's tenure: you can read about them here, here, here and hereI haven't written about the 1971 uniform yet, but it's pretty similar to the 1972 model. 

And as an added bonus, are some interesting Coach Mac tidbits I unearthed from the old Index yearbook archives. The essay is from the '72 book, the profile is from '75 and the dunk tank is from '76. Some pretty fun stuff. RIP, Coach.

Much, much more from the Minutemen: 20162015201420132000-021986-871978-841975-771974197319721966-681960-62, 1953-541951-521938-39.

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