Delaware Football Coaching Legend Tubby Raymond to Speak at Prestigious Big New England Football Clinic March 7
NEWPORT, R.I. -- University of Delaware football coaching legend Tubby Raymond will be in familiar territory this evening, March 7, when he takes part in the annual Big New England Football Clinic at the Marriott Hotel.
Raymond, 86, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame who won 300 games and three national championships during his historic tenure as head coach at Delaware in 1966-2001, will be a keynote speaker as part of the inaugural BNEFC Legends Series Lecture Friday evening. He is scheduled to lecture for an hour on the topic of “Wing-T X’s and O’s” with emphasis on the buck sweep, belly, tackle trap, and play action passes.
Raymond, along with another former UD head coach and College Football Hall of Famer Dave Nelson, is credited with inventing the popular misdirection offense that is still used at numerous high schools throughout the country. While directing the offense at Delaware, the Blue Hens annually ranked among the national leaders in rushing and scoring on the way to national championships, conference titles, and Lambert Cup Trophy recognition as the top team in the East.
Over the past 39 years since 1975, The Big New England Football Clinic has earned the reputation among football coaches, at all levels, of being one of the most popular clinics on the East Coast. In past years, the clinic has attracted as many as 1,000 youth, high school, college, and NFL coaches from across the country. The clinic is also considered by past NFL, College and High School Clinicians to be one of the very best and informative clinics in the entire country.
“We are so excited to have Tubby coming to speak,” said former Blue Hen football standout lineman Mickey Kwiatkowski, a former college head coach at Hofstra and Brown who serves as assistant director of the clinic. “Tubby is arguably the best college football coach ever and is known by so many coaches from around the country. The response has been tremendous since so many coaches still run the Wing-T and have such great respect for Tubby. For those coaches to come and listen to Tubby speak in-person is an exciting thing. This is one of the greatest clinics going and we expect a standing-room only crowd. I can’t wait.”
Kwiatkowski noted that he worked closely with fellow former Blue Hen standouts Joe Purzycki and Ray Holcomb in arranging to have Raymond speak at the event.
Raymond served as assistant football coach for 12 seasons at Delaware before taking over the head coaching position in 1966 and leading the Blue Hens to national prominence. Over his 36-year career as head coach, he won 300 games, led the Blue Hens to national championships in 1971, 1972, and 1979, 16 NCAA playoff appearances, 14 Lambert Cup Trophies, and coached scores of All-Americans.
When he won his 300th game in 2001, he became only the fourth person in college history to win that many games at one school. He also was a four-time national Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. He remains active with head coach Dave Brock’s program at Delaware and continues to paint a portrait of a senior player every week during the season, something he has done every week since the 1950s.
Raymond will not be the only clinician with Delaware ties. Among the other speakers are former Blue Hen standout and current Bucknell head coach Joe Susan and former UD quarterback and current New Hampshire offensive coordinator Ryan Carty.