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Lehigh Football Alumni in the News

Thought I'd take this time to highlight some prominent news regarding Lehigh football alumni (and former staff) today.

You may not have been aware that former linebacker Jason Stokes was named Bloomingdale High (FL) 2008 Coach of the Year and the first-time head coach has started to build a sucessful high school program in Florida, but now you do.

A slew of former Lehigh football assistant coaches just recently made some news at a slew of MAC schools. Start with former Lehigh assistant coach Casey Creehan, who will be coaching the defensive line at Eastern Michigan; former Lehigh assistant coach and recruiting coordinator John Powers, who just recently was promoted to offensive coordinator at Ball State; and former defensive coordinator Shannon Morrison, who left his alma mater at Marshall to become the co-defensive coordinator at Bowling Green - to serve under new head coach (and former Lehigh assistant coach) Dave Clawson.

[UPDATE: The NFL's Minnesota Vikings promoted a former Lehigh coach to the position of special teams coach. Brian Murphy was on head coach Kevin Higgins' staff in 1999. (Higgins is still head coach at The Citadel).]

Also worthy of mention in terms of Lehigh football alumni: it was recently reported that Colts head coach Tony Dungy, who recently was terminated from the Indianapoils Colts, was a true stand-up guy when it comes to "character and class", as Keith Groller from the Morning Call puts it, when it comes to life:

[Jim] Tkach and Dungy share a most unfortunate bond.

Both men lost young sons to suicide.

When Tkach lost his son [Lehigh football alumnus] Bo in the summer of 2007, Dungy called Tkach.

''I don't want to mislead anybody; Tony and I have never sat down and had a beer together,'' Tkach said. ''We haven't met face to face. But we have had five lengthy phone conversations in the year-and-a-half since we lost Bo and on three of those occasions, Tony reached out to me.

''He gives you things you can reference and use. I read his well-done Web site -- http://www.allprodad.com -- every day. Tony is the one who made me realize that every child is a gift from God. And every child's life is to be celebrated. We're just getting to that point now where we're able to celebrate Bo's life and everything he was about.''

It's a tragic story, but it's worth repeating how coach Dungy is a man of true class.

[UPDATE: In the run-up to the Super Bowl, how did I miss this? The Morning Call's Keith Groller had an update on former Lehigh TE Adam Bergen, the former Arizona Cardinal who started his NFL career catching passes from Kurt Warner, and who is now entering Denver Broncos mini-camp.]

Comments

Doug H said…
Dungy was not "terminated" by the Colts... he retired... a huge difference.... Tony will be moving on to other things besides football
Anonymous said…
Also, former coach and average player for Lehigh, Brian Murphy now a coach with the Vikings just lost to the Eagles in the playoffs

Former LU coach Dave Ungerer a special teams guru led #18 Oregon State over Pitt in the Sun Bowl. They won on a field goal 3-0.

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