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Longtime Delaware football coach Mike Drass dies at 57

May 15, 2018

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Wesley College’s transformative football coach and athletic director has died, two days after the private, liberal arts college in Delaware graduated its latest class.

News outlets report 57-year-old Mike Drass died Monday morning of unknown causes. In 25 seasons as a head coach, Drass built Wesley’s football program into a NCAA Division III powerhouse that saw the Wolverines earn 14 tournament berths. His overall record of 229-69-1 was second among active coaches in the division, and two of his players are currently on NFL rosters.

Wesley President Robert E. Clark II said in a statement that the community’s “heart is broken.”

Players attended a vigil Monday night on the playing field of the college’s Miller Stadium that bears Drass’ name.

Drass is survived by a wife and daughter.

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