Dick Tomey dies at 80, Wildcats’ winningest football coach

Bill Walsh and Dick Tomey May 2007 [Photo by Sjsualum]

Former University of Arizona head football coach Dick Tomey died Friday age the age of 80 after losing a battle with lung cancer.

Tomey family statement:

To us, Dick Tomey was one of a kind. Known for his room-for-everyone big-heartedness, generous spiritedness (to a fault), instinctive kindness, love and respect for people of all walks, and the ease with which he forgave himself and others and moved on with life without resentments—taught all of us so much. Dick Tomey was never petty, never small minded. He was a man who discovered his mission in life, embraced it, enjoyed it, and accomplished amazing things. When speaking of football, he often said, “Football is not complicated. People are.” He was always, first and foremost, a people person.”

Tomey became the head coach at the University of Arizona in 1986, eventually becoming the winningest football coach in program history.


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