Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dick MacPherson

Dick MacPherson


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Massachusetts, Syracuse
  • Years: 1971-1990
  • Inducted: 2009
  • Place of Birth: Old Town, ME
  • Date of Birth: Nov 04, 1930

Member Biography

Named NCAA National Coach of the Year in 1987, Coach Dick MacPherson led the Orange to an 11-0-1 record and the fourth spot in the final Associated Press ranking. Named head coach at Massachusetts in 1971, MacPherson led the Minutemen to four Yankee Conference titles in seven years. During that span, he twice claimed New England Football Coach of the Year honors. His 45 victories at Massachusetts rank him third all-time in school history, and his 28-8-1 mark in Yankee Conference games notches a .778 winning percentage, which places him fifth in league history. The first UMass coach to win eight or more games in three different seasons, his nine-win campaign in 1972 tied the school record for single- season victories first set in 1901. After his success with the Minutemen, Syracuse gave him their head job in 1981. MacPherson ranks third all- time at Syracuse for wins (66) and most seasons coached (10). During his tenure as head coach he led the Orange to five bowl games while posting a 3-1-1 record in post-season play. In 1987, the Orange posted an 11-0-1 record, playing Auburn to a 16-16 tie in the Sugar Bowl and finishing fourth in the national polls. He coached two College Football Hall of Fame players, Tim Greene and Don McPherson, eight All- Americans, two NFF National Scholar-Athletes during his 10 years at Syracuse.
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