Former coach Nick Mourouzis has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former DePauw football coach Nick Mourouzis has passed away. No age was given at the time of his death.

He passed away on Wednesday night. An official cause of death has not been released yet.

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“Nick was the epitome of Tiger Pride and positively engaged the Greencastle community for almost 40 years,” said Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president for campus wellness and the Theodore Katula director of athletics and recreational sports. “That was whether or not an individual actually had the opportunity to play for him on the field.
Everyone knew Coach Nick; he was a great man and role model for all, and brought so much joy and happiness to those who were connected directly to athletics and our football program.

We are so very sad, yet so very grateful for Nick sharing his life with us all. We extend our deepest condolences to Nick’s wife, Marilyn, and their family. We all loved him very much.”

As the Tigers head coach, he led the program from 1981 through 2003. He led DePauw to a 133-82-4 record.

In 2000, he was the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. In addition, he was named the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1996.

Plus, he also received the Distinguished American Award, according to DePauw University, which was given by the Central Indiana chapter of the National Football Foundation in 2001.

Coach Mourouzis was given the Sagamore of the Wabash upon retirement. This is the highest award given to an Indiana resident.

In addition, he was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Two years later, he went into another Hall of Fame, this time the DePauw Hall of Fame.

The field that DePauw plays its football games on was named in his honor in 2013, as the Nick Mourouzis Field.

Before accepting the DePauw coaching job, he was an assistant with the Ball State Cardinals, Ohio Bobcats, Indiana Hoosiers, and the Northwestern Wildcats. He also served time as a graduate assistant with the Bobcats.

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