Terry Donahue, winningest UCLA and Pac-12 soccer mentor, dies at 77

LOS ANGELES — Terry Donahue, the winningest coach in Pac-12 Meeting and UCLA soccer heritage who later on served as typical manager of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, died Sunday. He was 77.

The school said he died at his dwelling in Newport Beach, California, right after a two-yr struggle with cancer.

Donahue has the most wins (98) of any coach in Pac-12 history and also the most victories (151) in UCLA history. He coached the Bruins from 1971 to 1975, working as an assistant less than Pepper Rodgers and then Dick Vermeil, prior to having over as head coach at age 31 and serving from 1976 to 1995. His very first career out of college was as an assistant to Rodgers at Kansas for 1 year.

Donahue was the initially to show up in a Rose Bowl match as a player, assistant coach and head coach. The Bruins received the New Year’s Working day sport in 1983, 1984 and 1986 throughout his coaching tenure. He was the to start with college or university coach to earn bowl activity victories in seven consecutive seasons, from 1983 to 1989.

Born in Los Angeles, Terrence Michael Donahue graduated from Notre Dame Higher in Sherman Oaks, California, right before heading to UCLA. He joined the soccer crew as a wander-on defensive lineman in 1965. He helped guide the Bruins to their first-at any time Rose Bowl gain in 1966 with an upset of previously undefeated and top-rated Michigan State.

He experienced a 151-74-8 coaching report at UCLA and a 98-51-5 mark in Pac-12 participate in. The Bruins received or shared 5 league titles all through Donahue’s tenure. He coached such potential Corridor of Famers as quarterback Troy Aikman, basic safety Kenny Easley and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden.

Donahue was inducted into the College or university Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2000. He joined the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997, and the press box at the Rose Bowl was named for him in 2013.

“He epitomizes every thing you attempt to be as a coach and as a human getting,” present UCLA soccer coach Chip Kelly mentioned. “Considering that the minute I stepped on campus, he is been an outstanding mentor and one of the most reliable, humble and toughest adult males I have ever achieved. He loved UCLA with all he had, and I are unable to categorical how critical his steering and friendship has been for me.”

Following retiring from coaching, Donahue labored for CBS, Fox and the NFL Network calling game titles.

He served as the 49ers’ director of player staff in 1999 and 2000 and as the team’s standard supervisor from 2001 to 2005.

Donahue turned down a probability to coach the Dallas Cowboys, a shift that would have reunited him with Aikman in 1998.

He is survived by Andrea, his spouse of 52 a long time daughters Nicole, Michele and Jennifer and 10 grandchildren.