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Frank “Muddy” Waters

The most successful and recognizable coach in the 120-plus year history of Hillsdale College football, the man they called “Muddy” established the Dales as a national powerhouse during his 20-year coaching tenure from 1954-73. He led the team to an unprecedented seven straight MIAA football titles from 1954-60, a run that included a 34-game winning streak and three straight undefeated regular seasons. He also served as Hillsdale College’s athletic director, and would later go on to become the first football coach in Saginaw Valley State University history, and was the head coach at Michigan State University from 1980-82. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame, and his 138 career victories as head football coach is a record that stands more than 40 years after his glorious tenure came to an end.

Class of 1997