Terry Donahue, winningest UCLA and Pac-12 football coach, dies at 77

LOS ANGELES — Terry Donahue, the winningest coach in Pac-12 Meeting and UCLA football history who later on served as general supervisor of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, died Sunday. He was 77.

The college reported he died at his household in Newport Seashore, California, immediately after a two-year battle with cancer.

Donahue has the most wins (98) of any coach in Pac-12 historical past and also the most victories (151) in UCLA heritage. He coached the Bruins from 1971 to 1975, performing as an assistant beneath Pepper Rodgers and then Dick Vermeil, prior to using about as head mentor at age 31 and serving from 1976 to 1995. His initially career out of university was as an assistant to Rodgers at Kansas for just one period.

Donahue was the to start with to seem in a Rose Bowl video game as a player, assistant coach and head mentor. The Bruins gained the New Year’s Working day recreation in 1983, 1984 and 1986 through his coaching tenure. He was the 1st school mentor to generate bowl sport victories in 7 consecutive seasons, from 1983 to 1989.

Born in Los Angeles, Terrence Michael Donahue graduated from Notre Dame Substantial in Sherman Oaks, California, ahead of likely to UCLA. He joined the football team as a walk-on defensive lineman in 1965. He helped lead the Bruins to their to start with-at any time Rose Bowl win in 1966 with an upset of formerly undefeated and best-rated Michigan State.

He had a 151-74-8 coaching record at UCLA and a 98-51-5 mark in Pac-12 perform. The Bruins received or shared 5 league titles throughout Donahue’s tenure. He coached these types of upcoming Hall of Famers as quarterback Troy Aikman, protection Kenny Easley and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden.

Donahue was inducted into the University Football Hall of Fame in 2000. He joined the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997, and the press box at the Rose Bowl was named for him in 2013.

“He epitomizes almost everything you try to be as a mentor and as a human staying,” present-day UCLA football coach Chip Kelly explained. “Since the instant I stepped on campus, he is been an remarkable mentor and a single of the most reliable, humble and toughest adult males I have ever met. He liked UCLA with all he experienced, and I can’t express how significant his guidance and friendship has been for me.”

Immediately after retiring from coaching, Donahue labored for CBS, Fox and the NFL Network calling video games.

He served as the 49ers’ director of participant personnel in 1999 and 2000 and as the team’s general manager from 2001 to 2005.

Donahue turned down a likelihood to mentor the Dallas Cowboys, a go that would have reunited him with Aikman in 1998.

He is survived by Andrea, his wife of 52 yrs daughters Nicole, Michele and Jennifer and 10 grandchildren.