George Perles

George Perles

Birth
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 7 Jan 2020 (aged 85)
East Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 206059400 · View Source
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College Football Coach. For twelve seasons (1983 to 1994), he served as head coach of the Michigan State Spartans and will be remembered for guiding them to a Rose Bowl win (1987 season). He attended Western High School in Detroit and following graduation, he served with the United States Army. After his discharge, he enrolled at Michigan State University where he played collegiate football. He remained at the school following graduation and began his lengthy coaching career as a defensive line coach. He reached the professional ranks in 1972 when he became the defensive line coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers under coach Chuck Noll. During his tenure, the Steelers captured four Super Bowl titles. He was to serve as head coach of the Philadelphia Stars of the newly-formed United States Football League and prior to the start of the season (1982), he played a key role in player signings. However, he would accept a position as head coach at Michigan State University before their inaugural season began. Jim Mora would be his replacement and went on to have a lengthy career in both the USFL and NFL. In addition to a Rose Bowl title, he guided the Spartans to a Aloha Bowl and Sun Bowl win. Hall of Fame college football coach Nick Saban served as an assistant under Perles and succeeded him as head coach of Michigan State in 1995.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 8 Jan 2020
  • Find A Grave Memorial 206059400
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