Middle Atlantic Conference

ANNVILLE, Pa. -- Legendary University of Delaware football and baseball coach Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond has earned induction into yet another Hall of Fame.

Raymond, 91, who spent 36 years on the sidelines as head football coach and nine more as head baseball coach for the Blue Hens, was among 19 men and women selected as part of the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame Class of 2017 announced Wednesday. This year's class is the sixth selected.

“We are delighted to announce the 2017 MAC Hall of Fame,” said MAC Executive Director Ken Andrews. “This is an exceptional group that represents the best of the Middle Atlantic Conference. It is an honor to recognize these contributors to the MAC legacy.”

Delaware was a member of the MAC for football from 1958 until 1969 and was affiliated in baseball from 1946 until 1974. Raymond is the second Blue Hen selected to the Hall of Fame, joining former UD Director of Athletics and head football coach David Nelson, who was honored posthumously last year.

The MAC honor represents the fifth Hall of Fame that Raymond has gained induction to, including the College Football Hall of Fame (2003), University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame (2002), the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame (1993), and the Greater Flint (Mich.) Area Sports Hall of Fame.

The MAC holds no formal induction ceremony, but Raymond will be honored at a home Delaware football game this coming fall.

A native of Flint, Mich., Raymond played both football and baseball at the University of Michigan before earning his degree in 1950 and spending a year in the minor leagues with the New York Yankees organization and one year as an assistant coach at the University of Maine.

He joined the Delaware football staff as backfield coach in 1954 and served until 1965 when he succeeded Nelson as head coach of the Blue Hens.

During his legendary career, Raymond won 300 games, was named National Coach of the Year four times, led Delaware to three national championships, 14 Lambert Cup trophies, 16 NCAA playoff appearances, and nine conference titles, including MAC championships in 1966, 1968, and 1969.

As Delaware's head coach for baseball in 1956-65, he led Blue Hen teams to a record of 142-55-3 (.710 winning pct.) and captured MAC titles in 1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, and 1964. He also led the Blue Hens to three NCAA Tournament appearances in 1956, 1960, and 1961.

Joining Raymond in the MAC Hall of Fame 2017 induction class are: Leo Disend, Albright College; Royce Eyer, Lycoming College; Aftan Fisher, Messiah College; Don Johnson, Lebanon Valley College; Irv Johnson, University of Scranton; Adam Knoblauch, Delaware Valley University; Ned McGinley, King's College; Brian O'Keefe, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus; Heidi Wolfsberger Peoples, Moravian College; Emilie Heck Petrone, Haverford College; Joanne Polakoski, King's College; Kevin Quinn, Saint Joseph's University; Christina Scherwin, Moravian College; Deborah Smuda Williams, Widener University; Randy Sturm, DeSales University; John Wagner, Rider University; James Ward, Gettysburg College; and Hayden Woodworth, Messiah College.

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