Former University of Delaware Head Football Coach Harold R. "Tubby" Raymond died Friday at the age of 92.
Raymond spent 36 years as the Head Football Coach of the Blue Hens, becoming just the 11th coach in college football history to win 300 games. At that point, he was just the 4th leader to accomplish the milestone at one school.
He guided Delaware to 3 national championships (1971, 1972, and 1979) and 16 NCAA playoff appearances, the last of which came in 2000, the year before he retired.
Raymond was a native of Flint, Michigan and went to the University of Michigan.
Raymond came to Newark in 1952, and served as assistant football coach for 12 seasons, 9 of which he also served as Delaware's Head Baseball Coach, winning 142 games and reaching the NCAA Tournament four times.
"Tubby" become synonymous with the "Wing-T" style of option offense, which cherished misdirection to help boost the skills of his sometimes undersized team.
It proved to be an offense tough to decipher for opposing defenses, and is still run at many high schools across the country, including in California where it is referred to as the "Delaware Wing-T".
Off the field, Raymond had a love of painting.
Since his time as an assistant, "Tubby" would take time each week to paint a portrait of one of his seniors, a tradition he continued through the K.C. Keeler and Dave Brock eras that followed him in Newark.
Raymond leaves behind four children, including Dave, who was the original performer of the Phillie Phanatic.