Darrell Muthra, a College Football Hall of Fame coach from the 1950s through the 1980s, won 70% of his games and two national championships.
The National Football Trust announced Mudra’s death on Wednesday. He is 93 years old.
Mudra was nicknamed “Dr. Success” because he won at every level and coached all of his college games from the press box instead of the sidelines. He won the college division national title at North Dakota State in 1965 and the Division II championship at Eastern Illinois in 1978.
He retired from coaching in 1988 with a career record of 200-81-4 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Mudra spent his youth in Nebraska, growing up in Omaha and playing fullback at Peru State before working as a high school assistant in the state. His first collegiate head coaching job was at Adams State, Colorado, where he went 32-4-1 with three conference titles and a Mineral Bowl victory, according to the foundation.
He went to North Dakota State in 1963 and took over a team that had gone 0-10 the year before. Two years later he won his first national title and went 24-6 in three seasons with the Bison.
Mudra spent two seasons at Arizona, winning eight of his first nine games in 1968 and finishing 8-3, losing to Auburn in the Sun Bowl. His low point came at Florida State, where he went 4-18 in two seasons before Bobby Bowden took over in 1976.
His other college stops were Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Northern Iowa. He also coached the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1966.