By Rafael Freitas (SYRACUSE, NCC NEWS) – The Syracuse University community was struck with a loss yesterday as former Football Coach Dick MacPherson died at the age of 86.
MacPherson coached ten years at the school. He took over the program in 1981 and transformed it into one of the most successful football programs of the 1980s. He led the Orange to five bowl games in his ten seasons. His most memorable moment happened in 1987, when he led the team to a undefeated season and a trip to the Sugar Bowl.
MacPherson was one of the most loved figures in Syracuse Community.
Several Syracuse Athletics representatives pronounced about MacPherson’s loss, including director of athletics John Wildhack. “Coach Mac was much more than a football coach. He was everything to everybody, including his family, our community and college football,” he said in a release.
Current Syracuse coach Dino Barbers also remembered Coach Mac in his twitter.
Syracuse Athletic Chief Communications Officer Sue Edson knew Coach Mac for 30 years and says he is going to be missed by her and the whole community.
“Personally, I’ve been close to coach Mac for the past 30 years. I’m deeply sad for him and for his family,” said Edson on an interview over the phone. “The outpouring of support by the community on social media and the news has shown how much he means to a lot of people here.”
MacPherson died of natural causes at Crouse Hospital. He leaves his wife, Sandra, his daughters Maureen and Janet, and four grandchildren, Susan MacPherson Molly Sweened and Macky and Cameron MacPherson. These last two, used to play football for SU.