Hoosiers head football coach Terry Hoeppner dies

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Indiana Hoosiers head football coach Terry Hoeppner has passed away. He was 59.

He died at 6:50 am local time at Bloomington Hospital after battling a long illness.

Death Candle
Death Candle (Photo by Pixabay)

“Coach died due to complications from the brain tumor for which he had been treated surgically and therapeutically over the past 18 months,” Indiana University team physician Dr. Larry Rink said. “His family was at his side.”

Hoeppner was hired by the Hoosiers on December 17th, 2004. He guided the Hoosiers to a 5-7 record in 2006. Indiana also went 4-7 in 2005.

In the two seasons, the team went 9-14.

“This is a very sad day for all of us in the IU family,” Indiana President Dr. Adam W. Herbert said. “We have lost a very strong, courageous, dedicated and visionary leader. Coach Hep has done so much for Indiana University in far too short a period of time. Like all who knew him personally, I will miss his warmth and, above all, his friendship.”

Prior to be named the Hoosiers head coach, he was the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks head coach from 1999 through 2004. He went 48-25 in six seasons at the school.

His best season at the school was a 13-1 mark during the 2003 season.

He also was the RedHawks Assistant Head Coach from 1993 through 1998. Hoeppner was the RedHawks Linebackers coach from 1986 through 1992.

Hoeppner also served as the Franklin Grizzlies Defensive Coordinator from 1980 through 1985. He also was the East Noble High School Knights Head Coach in 1979.

He also was the Mullins High School Auctioneers Head Coach from 1976 through 1978.

He was an Assistant Head Coach for the Pinson Valley High School Indians in 1974 and 1975. He began his coaching career as the Eastbrook High School Panthers Head Coach from 1970 through 1972.

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