NEWARK, Del. -- Delaware's Harold "Tubby" Raymond,
one of just nine college football coaches to reach 300 career
wins, has decided to retire.
The 75-year-old Raymond has coached at Delaware for 36 years and
reached the milestone victory with a 10-6 decision over Richmond
on Nov. 10. Those reaching 300 wins include legendary
coaches such as Eddie Robinson, Joe Paterno and Bear Bryant.
"Nothing lasts forever, and so it is with me," Raymond said. "I
knew eventually it would be time to leave and this just seemed
like the appropriate time."
It was Bryant who once nicknamed the 5-7 Raymond "Napolean." And
while Raymond may have been short of stature, he was long on
Raymond has accounted for over 50 percent of Delaware's 575
all-time wins in 110 seasons of college football.
"Tubby Raymond is a college football icon," Delaware athletics
director Edgar N. Johnson said. "His contributions to our
university, to its athletic program, to the hundreds of young
men whose lives he has impacted and to the sport of football are
Thirty-one of Raymond's 36 teams have had winning records,
including a streak of 13 straight winning seasons that was
snapped in 2001 when the Hens posted a 4-6 record. Only 13
times has a Raymond-coached squad had fewer than eight victories
in a season.
Raymond retires with a 300-119-3 record and is one of just four
coaches to win 300 games at the same school.
"This was a very difficult decision for me," Raymond said. "I've
coached football for 52 years and to suddenly remove that from
your life is a very emotional thing."
The Blue Hens were Division II national champions under Raymond
in 1971, 1972 and 1979 before moving to Division I-AA in 1981.
His teams made 11 Division I-AA playoff appearances and
consistently ranked among the top 20 nationally over the past
Raymond won six Altantic 10/Yankee Conference titles.
In addition Raymond has coached in several football all-star
games, including the 1972 and 1973 AFCA All-Star Games and the
1976 College All-Star Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A 1950 graduate of Michigan, Raymond was backfield coach at
Delaware for 12 seasons before replacing David Nelson in 1966.