American Football Database
American Football Database
Dick Luther
Biographical details
Born(1919-11-21)November 21, 1919
DiedJuly 21, 2001(2001-07-21) (aged 81)
Playing career
Head coaching record

Richard William Luther (November 11, 1919 – July 21, 2001) was an American football player and coach at Western Reserve University, known today as Case Western Reserve University. He was later inducted into the school's varsity hall of fame on April 18, 1980.[1] During World War II, Luther attended Midshipmen's school at the University of Notre Dame, ranking as a Lt. Senior Grade while in the United States Navy.[2]

Playing career

Luther played tackle for the Western Reserve Red Cats and was a member of th team that won the 1941 Sun Bowl.

Coaching career

In 1942, Luther began coaching as an assistant football coach for his alma mater, Western Reserve, before leaving for three years to serve in the United States Navy during in World War II. He returned to Western Reserve in 1946 and served again an assistant coach. During the 1947 season, head coachTom Davies was fired after five games, and Luther was named head coach, finishing the season out at a 3–1 record. He returned to being an assistant coach for the 1948 and 1949 seasons with the hiring of former Cleveland Browns player Mike Scarry, until again he named as the head coach for the 1950 season.[3]

Later years

Luther moved to Michigan in 1952 and began working for General Motors Institute in Flint, where he was director of management and organization development retiring in 1981.

Luther died July 21, 2001 and is buried in Flushing City Cemetery in Flushing, Michigan.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western Reserve (Mid-American Conference) (1947)
1947 Western Reserve 3–1 1–1 2nd
Western Reserve (Mid-American Conference) (1950)
1950 Western Reserve 2–8 1–3 T–4th
Case: 5–9 2–4
Total: 5–9
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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