Former Washington State coach Al Kircher dies

Updated: December 8, 2004, 4:10 PM ET
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Al Kircher, the football coach at Washington State for four seasons in the 1950s, died at 93.

He died Nov. 1 in a nursing home in Salem, Ore., the school's sports information department said.

Kircher became the Cougars' backfield coach for Forest Evashevski in 1950. When Evashevski left for Iowa after the 1951 season, Kircher was promoted to head coach. In four seasons he was 13-25-2.

After resigning as coach, Kircher and his family ran a lodge from 1954-75. He retired to Las Vegas in 1978 and moved to Salem in 2004.

Kircher served in World War II and was wounded during the Normandy invasion. He was awarded a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son, Robert; and two daughters, Sharlene and Judy Ann.

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