Larry Kehres steps down at D-III powerhouse Mount Union
- by Doug Samuels 2016 years ago
One of the most successful coaches in college football has announced that he is stepping down from his head coaching position.
Larry Kehres went 332-24-3 over 27 seasons at Mount Union (D-III - OH) and led the Purple Raiders to 11 National Championships. While winning over 92% of your games is impressive, and that fact alone puts him in elite company as a head coach, Kehres also had a knack for developing players to compete in the NFL, sending countless players to training camps to eventually make NFL rosters thus blazing a trail for small college players.
During his coaching career at The Mount, Kehres put together impressive winning streaks of 54 and 55 games. To really put Mount Union's dominance in perspective consider this, the last time that Mount Union failed to win the OAC conference title was 1992 (21 straight seasons). Under Kehres, the Purple Raiders have won the conference title 23 of his 27 years at the helm, and his lowest finish was third (in his third season at the school).
Stretching from 1994 to 2005, Kehres won 100 straight conference games (230-8-3 OAC record), and by our count he made 16 trips to the Division III national title game, winning it all 11 times.
While Kehres has decided to step down from the coaching post, he will remain on as director of athletics. Defensive coordinator, and son, Vince Kehres will take over the program moving forward and will look to build on the legacy that his father has left. Vince's defensive units have consisently ranked among the top in the country during his eight seasons as defensive coordinator.
Here is a link to the official announcement from Mount Union.