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Former coach Dick Tomey dies

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Richard “Dick” Tomey passed away on Friday. He was 80-years-old. 

Tomey died following a battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his family when he passed, according to his family.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2019.

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He last served as the special teams coach for the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors in 2011. His last administrative role came with the South Florida Bulls as their Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration in 2015-16. 

He served three college football teams as their head football coach. He coached the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors from 1977 through 1986. With the Rainbow Warriors, he went 63-46-3, including a 33-24-2 record in conference play.

Tomey also coached the Arizona Wildcats from 1987 through 2000. He had a 95-64-4 record, including a 60-49-4 record in conference play.

He also guided the team to seven Bowl games, including 4-3. In 1998, the Wildcats finished as the fourth-best team in the country.

He also served as the San Jose State Spartans head coach from 2005 through 2009. Tomey went 25-35, including a 16-24 conference record. 

Tomey won their lone Bowl game appearance in 2006 in the New Mexico Bowl.

He had a 183-145-7 record as a college football head coach. Tomey had a 5-3 Bowl record. 

He guided Hawai’i to the Pac-10 Championship in 1993. He also won the WAC Coach of the Year in 1981 and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1992. 

Besides being a head coach, he also served as an assistant coach with the Texas Longhorns, San Francisco 49ers, UCLA Bruins, Kansas Jayhawks, Davidson Wildcats, Northern Illinois Huskies, and the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks.


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