By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former College and NFL coach Rick Forzano has died. He was 90-years-old.
Forzano on Wednesday, according to the Detroit Lions. He hired a young Bill Belichick to his staff.
“Rick was a wonderful man and we are truly saddened by the news of his passing,” Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford said. “On behalf of me, my family, and the Lions organization, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the entire Forzano family.”
As a head coach, he went 17-43-1 in college football. He also was 15-17 as an NFL head coach. In addition, he went 10-14-1 as a high school head coach.
Forzano spent three seasons as the Lions head coach. He also served as a Lions assistant coach in 1973.
He also served as the Navy Midshipmen head coach from 1969 through 1972. He went 10-33 with the Mids during his four-year tenure.
He was the Cincinnati Bengals Quarterbacks Coach in 1968. He also served as the St. Louis Cardinals Quarterbacks Coach in 1966 and 1967.
Forzano also was the Connecticut Huskies head coach for two seasons. He went 7-10-1 with the Huskies.
He also served as a Midshipmen assistant coach from 1959 through 1963. He was the Kent State Golden Flashes assistant coach in 1957 and 1958.
He was the Wooster Fighting Scots assistant coach in 1956. He was the Hower High School head coach from 1953 through 1955.
Forzano also was a Hower High School (now the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School in Akron, Ohio) assistant coach in 1952. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Kenmore High School in 1951.
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