June 20, 2011
By Andrew J. Bowman
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Another member of Miami University’s famed Cradle of Coaches will be inducted into a Hall of Fame it was announced last week. Dick Crum, former head coach of Miami’s football program, will become a member of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 22, which will mark the Hall’s 35th anniversary.
Other inductees in Cleveland’s Class of 2011 will be former NFL players Dick Brubaker and Bob Golic, World Series champion, former All-Star and media broadcaster Mike Hegan, Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, legendary swimming coach Jerry Holtrey, LPGA golfer Barb Mucha, and decorated jockey Tony Rini.
Crum began his football career as a player at Muskingum College and Mount Union College. After graduation, he became a teacher and served as an assistant coach at three different schools. In 1963, he secured his first head coaching position at Mentor High School where he led the Cardinals to a 50-9-1 record over six seasons.
In 1969, Crum found his way to Miami University, thanks to then head coach Bill Mallory. Crum served as an assistant coach until 1974, when he became head coach of the Redskins for the next four years. In his first year, he led the program to a 10-0-1 record, a MAC Championship and a win over Georgia in the Tangerine Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl). The team finished ranked 10th in the nation and Crum won MAC Coach of the Year honors.
The following year, Crum brought another MAC Championship and a win in the Tangerine Bowl, this time over South Carolina. His 1975 squad finished 12th in the country. Crum closed his Miami career with another MAC championship and compiled a record of 34-10-1 (18-4 in MAC games) while in Oxford.
In 1978, Crum accepted the head coaching job at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He continued his winning ways, earning an ACC title and a record of 72-41-3, which still stands as the most wins in the Tar Heels’ football history. He won ACC coach of the year in 1980 and went 4-2 in bowl games. He also coached three years at Kent State from 1988-90.
For his career, Crum finished with a record of 113-77-4, a 6-2 mark in bowl games, three MAC Championships, an ACC title and two conference coach of the year crowns. In 1986, he was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame.