Dick Trachok
Biographical details
Born (1925-12-27) December 27, 1925 (age 94)
Jerome, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Position(s)Halfback, fullback
Head coaching record
Overall40–48–3 (college)

Richard Matthew Trachok (born December 27, 1925)[1] is an American former university athletic director and college football coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1959 to 1968. He amassed a 40–48–3 record during his tenure. Trachok served as the University of Nevada athletic director until 1986.

During World War II, he served in the US Army Air Corps.[2] He then attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he played on the football team as a halfback from 1946 to 1948.[3][4][5]

Trachok coached the Reno High School football team, where the Deseret News described him as "one of Nevada's most successful high school gridiron coaches."[6] During a coaching clinic held in 1957 at the University of Utah, he recommended that coaches keep their offenses and defenses simple.[6]

In April 1959, Nevada hired Trachok as its head coach.[7] In November 1960, Trachok canceled a six-hour flight to Denver in favor of a 32-hour bus ride after a plane crash killed sixteen players from California Polytechnic.[8] The Nevada flight had been booked with Arctic-Pacific, the same carrier that Cal Poly had used.[8] Trachok finished his coaching tenure with a 40–48–3 record, and took over as Nevada's athletic director. He held that post until 1986.[9] In 1975, the university inducted Trachok into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame.[9]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nevada Wolf Pack (Far Western Conference) (1959–1968)
1959 Nevada 4–3 3–2 3rd
1960 Nevada 3–6 2–3 T–3rd
1961 Nevada 5–4 2–3 T–4th
1962 Nevada 5–3–1 2–2–1 3rd
1963 Nevada 3–6 2–3 5th
1964 Nevada 1–9 1–4 5th
1965 Nevada 6–4 4–1 2nd
1966 Nevada 6–3 3–3 T–3rd
1967 Nevada 4–4–1 2–3–1 5th
1968 Nevada 3–6–1 1–4–1 T–6th
Nevada: 40–48–3 22–28–3
Total: 40–48–3
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Coaching treeEdit

Head coaches under whom Dick Trachok has played under:

Player under Dick Trachok who became NCAA and IFL head coach:


  1. Dick Trachok: Memories of a Life in Sports, University of Nevada, Reno, 2014.
  2. "Dick Trachok". Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. 2008 Nevada Football Media Guide, p. 146, University of Nevada, Reno, 2008.
  4. Nevada Trounces Hawaii, 73 to 12, The Milwaukee Journal, December 18, 1948.
  5. Penn State Held Favorite to Win Over Pitt Today, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 20, 1943.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Keep Grid Patterns Simple, Coaches Told, The Deseret News, April 26, 1957.
  7. Trachok New Coach Of Nevada's Eleven, The New York Times, April 12, 1959.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Team Cancels 6-Hour Flight For Bus Ride, The Palm Beach Post, November 16, 1960.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame Script error, University of Nevada, Reno, October 25, 2010.

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