Former Spartans football coach Denny Stolz dies at 89

Denny Stolz
Denny Stolz(Michigan State University)
Published: May. 26, 2023 at 5:33 PM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2023 at 6:54 PM EDT
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Former Michigan State head football coach Denny Stolz died Thursday.

Tim Staudt was the first to report the news Thursday night and his death was confirmed by the college Friday afternoon. He was 89 years old.

After graduating from Mason High School, he went to Alma College, where he played football and baseball.

Stolz joined MSU in 1971 and was appointed head coach at the end of 1972. The Spartans were 19-13-1 in three seasons under Stolz (1973-75), including back-to-back seven-win campaigns in 1974 and 1975.

After leaving MSU, Stolz coached for nearly a decade at Bowling Green. He ultimately worked 21 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level and was a five-time conference coach of the year.

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