|Birth: ||Jan. 6, 1910|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 1992|
Doyt Perry was a football coach, teacher, husband and father. His career as a football coach was marked with more wins than losses and he holds one of the best college coaching records in the nation. He was well known and well loved among the college football community. A documentary as well as the many displays of his achievements at several halls of fame has immortalized his life. He left his mark on the football traditions at Bowling Green State University, as well as many universities across the nation and college football coaches.
Doyt Perry was born on January 6, 1910, in Croton, Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University from 1928 until 1932. While at BGSU he received his degree in Secondary Education and lettered in three sports, football, basketball, and baseball. His high school coaching and teaching career began in 1933 at Lorain Clearview High School and ended in 1952 at Upper Arlington High School. His high school coaching career was interrupted briefly between 1944 and 1946 while he served in the United States Navy.
His college football-coaching career began in 1952. At this time Woody Hayes, the head coach at Ohio State University, hired Perry as an assistant. He was a coach at OSU between 1952 and 1954. While an assistant coach at OSU, Perry became friends with Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler. He also was on the coaching staff when OSU won the 1954 Rose Bowl.
He became the head coach of Bowling Green State University in 1955. He remained at this post until 1964, when he retired and became the Athletic Director of BGSU, a position he held until 1970. During his football-coaching career at BGSU he established a winning record of 77-11-5, one of the best in the nation. From 1955 until 1964 he produced six Mid American Conference championship teams. He officially retired from BGSU in 1970 and became Athletic Coordinator at Florida International University. After a lengthy illness he returned to Bowling Green where he died of natural causes in 1992. He was named Ohio coach of the year, UPI's coach of the week. One of the most successful coaches in school history, Perry was elected to College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. The team's football stadium, Doyt Perry Stadium, is named in his honor.
Jerome Library at BGSU includes The Doyt Perry collection:
Before coming to Bowling Green, Perry was a backfield coach at Ohio State University from 1951 to 1954, serving on the same staff as Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler. He coached the 1954 Buckeyes, who won the 1955 Rose Bowl and a national championship. Perry was also the head coach at Upper Arlington High School in Upper Arlington, Ohio in 1943 and from 1946 to 1950.
Perry served as SP2 in the United States Navy during World War II.
Loretta A Zeroll Perry (1916 - 2015)*
Judith Perry McClain (1940 - 2015)*
Oak Grove Cemetery
Plot: sec. DE row 13
Maintained by: Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
Originally Created by: Leroy Higley
Record added: May 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69487682