University of Arizona Football Coach Dick Tomey to be Honored at Memorial Service

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University of Arizona Football Coach Dick Tomey to be Honored at Memorial Service

The University of Arizona community has come together to remember a football legend.

Dick Tomey passed away at the age of 80 last Friday in Tucson, after being diagnosed with lung cancer in January. Now, he will be honored by his Wildcats family during a May 31 memorial service, which will be held at McKale Center on the school’s campus.

As the football coach with the most wins in the school history, Tomey leaves behind a fantastic legacy. During his 14 years at U of A, the Wildcats went 95-64-4 with seven bowl games including the 1993 Fiesta Bowl.

1998 was a particularly good year, as Tomey led the Wildcats to a 12-1 record before beating Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl to wrap up the year as a program-best No. 4 in The Associated Press poll.

Tomey was named the Pacific-10 Conference’s coach of the year in 1992. He started his Head Coaching career at Hawaii in 1977 and finished at San Jose State before retiring in 2009 at age 71.

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