(NEWARK, DE.)- The life of Former University Of Delaware Head Coach
Harold R. "Tubby" Raymond was remembered at this Memorial Service at the Bob Carpenter Center on Friday.A lot of people attended the events and the speakers were former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden; UD President Dr. Dennis Assanis; former Delaware All-American, former NFL MVP, and current CBS Sports football analyst Rich Gannon; and Coach Raymond's sons Dave Raymond, and Chris Raymond.
Dave Raymond said his father was a special person.
"He had the moniker of a head football coach but he really acted like a father and if you talk to any of things football players they will have a moment that he did something and or said something that got them emotional or got them frustrated that got them upset and they recognize how important those words were to them,"said Raymond.
For 36 years Tubby Raymond was the man in the charge of the Blue Hens and led them to three National Titles,16 NCAA playoff appearances, 14 Lambert Cup trophies, nine ECAC Team of the Year awards, and nine conference titles. Raymond was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and was also a member of the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame (2002), the state of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame (1993), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Hall of Fame (2017), and the Flint, Michigan Hall of Fame (1983).His last year of coaching was in 2001.
The beloved coach touched so many lives like the former UD quarterback Gannon.
Gannon said Tubby was a great coach.
"His messaging, his values and what he believed in as football coach and the consistency, toughness, and grit, and determination," said Gannon.
His son Dave Raymond said Tubby was determined to make sure that he was an independent individual and that he could handle any situation.
Raymond for many years was the Philadephia Phillies mascot and he had a lot of good times.Raymond said he also has a lot of good memories of his father and they were stored in a tub that Tubby gave him.
"What jumped out at me was that black and white picture and I see all of us and I see all of us and I was ten my brother was twelve and my sister was fourteen and they were in high school and I was in middle school and our father was becoming the head football coach of and we were excited about that," said Raymond.
"And it captured the pureness and best of times and I said it was our Camelot and that was the best of times. 1966 was the birth of the beginning of that time as a family where we shared our dad and we were all in and we drank the kool-aid."