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People: Doyt Perry

Doyt Perry
1910-1992
Faculty, Coach, Administrator

Doyt L. Perry was Bowling Green State University’s head football coach from 1955 to 1964, where he compiled a record of 77-11-5, at the time the best winning percentage in college football history. A 1932 graduate of BGSU, he taught and coached high school football for many years and then served in the Navy during World War II.  He was offensive backfield coach for the legendary Woody Hayes at the Ohio State University from 1952-1954, where he was part of the 1954 Rose Bowl victory and undefeated national championship season for the Buckeyes. 

Coach Perry began a tradition of excellence for the Falcons, including a 1959 Small College National Championship. His players and assistant coaches included future NFL athletes and college coaches.  His first assistant coach was Bo Schembechler, who would become head coach of Miami of Ohio and later the University of Michigan. After he retired as football coach in 1964, he became the Athletic Director for the University, serving until 1970. Coach Perry is a member of the BGSU Hall of Fame, the MAC Hall of Fame, and in 1988 was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. The BGSU football stadium is named the Doyt L. Perry Stadium, and is affectionately referred to by the student body as "The Doyt."

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