Former Michigan Wolverine, Detroit Lions coach Gary Moller dies at 81

Gary Moller, who replaced Bo Shimbachler as Michigan’s football coach in 1990 and led Wolverine to three Big Ten titles in five seasons, died at the age of 81 on Monday, the university announced.

The cause of Mोलller’s death has not been clarified by the school.

“Gary Moller was a great family man, a great friend, a great coach and a man of integrity and high character,” former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr said in a statement. “I admired him, I respected him and I loved him.”

Mरller led Wolverine to a 44–13–3 record in five seasons (1990-94) as head coach, leading his team to a 4–1 record in the ball game. In addition, his team set a Big Ten record with 19 conference wins from 1990 to ’92, and he coached the Big Ten twice a year.

Mलरller, who was from Lima, Ohio, played linebacker and captained Woody Hayes in Ohio State, worked for Shimbacheller in Miami (Ohio) in 1967 and 1968, before moving from Shimbacheller to Michigan in 1969. He was at Michigan until 1977, when he took over as head coach in Illinois and went 6-24-3 in three seasons. He returned to Wolverine as an assistant coach from 1980 to 1989, when he served as a quarterback coach for two seasons, a defensive coordinator for five seasons, and an offensive coordinator for three seasons before taking over as head coach in 1990. He succeeded after Shimbekler. He retired.

He was associated with the University of Michigan for 23 years and was one of 11 instructors in the school’s history to work on the program for more than 20 years.

Mरller resigned as head coach of Michigan in May 1995, less than a week after he was arrested for allegedly carrying out a drunken blast at a restaurant in suburban Detroit.

After resigning, Mरller jumped into the NFL and worked in various assistant coaching roles for the Cincinnati Bengals (tight end), Detroit Lions (linebackers), Jacksonville Jaguars (defensive coordinator) and Chicago Bears (linebackers) from 1995 to 2003. Bobby Ross resigned as interim coach of the Lions in 2000 and led the team to a 4-3 record.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with coach Moses in both Miami (Ohio) and Michigan. Gary Moller was a coach who played for all the players he worked for and played for them and took care of all the players who represented our program, “said equipment manager John Fock in a statement. Asked for input from his staff to make sure there are.Gary Moller will be missed but will not be forgotten.He was a great Michigan man and a close friend of my family.

He is survived by his wife, Annie, daughters Susan, Amy and Molly, and a son, Andy, a former linebacker and captain from Michigan.

There will be a family meeting in Lima, Ohio on July 15, followed by a funeral for a private family the next day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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