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Woody Widenhofer

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This is the USFL - The Coaches of the USFL
www.thisistheusfl.com, 16 Feb 2008 [cached]
Woody Widenhofer, Head Coach, 1984 (6-12)
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At the University of Missouri, Widenhofer earned a national reputation for defensive coaching years before arriving at Vanderbilt in 1995 as a defensive coordinator.
Widenhofer, who played linebacker for Dan Devine at Missouri, worked at Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and the University of Minnesota before agreeing to become linebacker coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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After four years - and two Super Bowls - Widenhofer became the Steelers' defensive coordinator, witnessing the famed "Steel Curtain" defense capture two more Super Bowl titles.Many experts believe Widenhofer's defense at Pittsburgh was the greatest in professional football history.
In 1984, Widenhofer joined the upstart United States Football League, coaching quarterback Doug Williams and the Oklahoma Outlaws to a 6-12 record.
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The following year, Widenhofer returned to Missouri, accepting what he considered a dream job at his college alma mater.The undermanned Tigers slowly improved under Widenhofer, but failed to post a winning campaign during his four-year reign.
After the Missouri disappointment, Widenhofer surfaced as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions.He spent four years in Detroit and two more with the Cleveland Browns before newly hired Vanderbilt coach Rob Dowhower invited Widenhofer to oversee the Commodore defense.
While Dowhower's tenure resulted in identical 2-9 campaigns, Widenhofer's defenses were feared by its opponents.The defensive-minded Commodores just missed upsets of Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee during the two-year period.
In 1997, Vanderbilt administrators named Widenhofer as the school's 25th head coach.
Lions Football - Lions Football Defensive Coordinator Woody Widenhofer
www.lionsfootball.net, 23 Oct 2005 [cached]
Woody Widenhofer Defensive Coordinator
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2003 SOUTHEASTERN FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS, PASSING TOURNAMENT,SPEED CAMP,3-4 DEFENSIVE CAMP,PRIVATE INSTRUCTION,Coach Woody WidenhoferSoutheastern Athletics: SLU 10309 Hammond, LA 70402Phone: (985) 549-5550 - Fax: (985) 549-5489
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Woody WidenhoferDefensive Coordinator
Woody Widenhofer, one of football's premier defensive strategists, joins head coach Hal Mumme as defensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Most recently the head football coach at Vanderbilt University, a member of the Southeastern Conference, Widenhofer resigned November 8, 2001, ending a seven-year relationship with the university to open the door on a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Southeastern.
"I view the chance to coach at Southeastern as a unique opportunity," remarked Widenhofer.
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"Adding Woody to the staff really gives us a boost," replied Mumme.
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"Southeastern Louisiana's hiring of Woody Widenhofer as defensive coordinator clearly shows an administration committed to building a first-class football program.With Coach Mumme's SEC-proven offensive system, and Coach Widenhofer's SEC-proven defensive scheme, Southeastern is on the road to having a dominant college football program before the first player has even been signed."
Widenhofer, 59, whose ample experience as a head coach and defensive coordinator spans the collegiate and professional ranks, has served as head coach at high-profile I-A programs, been a head coach in the defunct United States Football League and helped mold arguably the finest NFL defense of all-time.
His association with football coaching excellence began in his playing days as a linebacker for Dan Devine at Missouri.He went on to work at Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and the University of Minnesota before agreeing to become linebacker coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1973.The struggling AFL franchise blossomed during Widenhofer's tenure and its defense, especially Widenhofer's linebacking corps of Andy Russell, Jack Lambert and Jack Ham, began to dominate the league.After four years - and two Super Bowls - Widenhofer becamethe Steelers' defensive coordinator, witnessing the famed "Steel Curtain" defense capture two more Super Bowl titles.
In 1984, Widenhofer joined the upstart USFL, coaching quarterback Doug Williams and the Oklahoma Outlaws to a 6-12 record.
Widenhofer, a Pennsylvania native and 1965 graduate of Missouri, returned to his alma mater in 1985 to take over head coaching duties.The undermanned Tigers slowly improved under Widenhofer, but failed to post a winning campaign during his four-year reign.
Following his stay at Missouri, Widenhofer returned to the professional ranks as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 1989.He spent four years in Detroit and two more with the Cleveland Browns before newly hired Vanderbilt coach Rob Dowhower invited Widenhofer to oversee the Commodore defense in 1995.
Vanderbilt realized meager success under Dowhower but Widenhofer's defenses, as became the norm, continued to be feared by opponents.The defensive-minded Commodores just missed upsets of Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee during the two-year period.
In 1997 Vanderbilt administrators named Widenhofer as the school's 25th head coach.
The two football programs have shared ...
www.columbiatribune.com [cached]
The two football programs have shared little common history since then other than three more matchups - none since 1958 - and forgettable seasons under the reign of Robert "Woody" Widenhofer.
The former Missouri linebacker took over at his alma mater in 1985 and led the Tigers to just 12 wins in four seasons. In 1997, he became head coach at Vanderbilt and again averaged three wins over five seasons.
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The two football programs have shared little common history since then other than three more matchups - none since 1958 - and forgettable seasons under the reign of Robert "Woody" Widenhofer.
The former Missouri linebacker took over at his alma mater in 1985 and led the Tigers to just 12 wins in four seasons. In 1997, he became head coach at Vanderbilt and again averaged three wins over five seasons.
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The two football programs have shared little common history since then other than three more matchups - none since 1958 - and forgettable seasons under the reign of Robert "Woody" Widenhofer.
The former Missouri linebacker took over at his alma mater in 1985 and led the Tigers to just 12 wins in four seasons. In 1997, he became head coach at Vanderbilt and again averaged three wins over five seasons.
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The two football programs have shared little common history since then other than three more matchups - none since 1958 - and forgettable seasons under the reign of Robert "Woody" Widenhofer.
The former Missouri linebacker took over at his alma mater in 1985 and led the Tigers to just 12 wins in four seasons. In 1997, he became head coach at Vanderbilt and again averaged three wins over five seasons.
The Times : Today's Headlines
www.nwlouisiana.com [cached]
Coach: Woody Widenhofer
Home Stadium: Vanderbilt (41,448)
Home.htm
www.ucpikes.org, 16 April 2001 [cached]
Woody Widenhofer - Head Football Coach, Vanderbilt University
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