University of Michigan football coach Gary Moeller died on Monday at the age of 81. He led the Wolverines to conference titles in his first three years as head coach, between 1990 and 1992, and later was the Detroit Lions head coach for a brief period of time. There is no information about the cause of death at the time of writing. Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh played for Moeller when he was the defensive coordinator at Michigan from 1983-86.
Moeller was the head coach of Michigan from 1990-94, leading the Wolverines to at least a share of the conference title three times. He won two Big Ten Coach of the Year awards (1991 and 1992) and led Michigan to five bowl games, winning four of them.
In fact, under Moeller’s coaching, Michigan set a Big Ten record by winning 19 consecutive games in conference play. This record was later broken in 2007, but still stands as the record for most consecutive conference wins by a Michigan football player. Coach Moeller was an amazing man, said Harbaugh in a statement. He was extremely caring for his players and his teams, and was incredibly dedicated to the University of Michigan. He was a great contributor to football, both as an offensive and a defensive coordinator and head coach in the college and NFL leagues.
Our game has lost a great family man in Gary Moeller. My prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Ann, their three daughters Susan, Amy, and Molly, as well as my former teammate Andy. Former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr described Moeller as a man of high integrity and character, and someone who was great with his family, friends, and co-workers.
He was coach at Michigan for 23 years, taking over after Bo Schembechler retired as coach after the 1989 season. Moeller began his coaching career as an assistant under Schembechler at Miami (Ohio) in 1967. He worked as a defensive ends coach and defensive coordinator for Michigan under Schembechler, before becoming the head coach at Illinois in 1977. However, Moeller returned to Michigan as a quarterbacks coach after losing to Illinois by a score of 6-24-3.