Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:50 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Dan Devine was a head football coach who served as head coach at Arizona State University, the University of Missouri, the NFL's Green Bay Packers and the University of Notre Dame.


Born: Dec. 23, 1924

Died: May 9, 2002

Birthplace: Augusta, Wis.

Occupation: Head football coach

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Dan Devine was born on Dec. 23, 1924, in Augusta, Wis. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Michigan State Universityc. He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Devine married Joanne Brookhart in 1947 and they had six daughters and one son.

Devine began his coaching career as head coach at Arizona State from 1955-57, leaving behind a 27-3-1 record. He was Missouri’s head football coach from 1958-70, building a record of 93-37-7. During his 13-season-term at Missouri, Devine led the Tigers to two Big Eight championships and six bowl games. He left Missouri to coach the Green Bay Packers from 1971-74 before leaving to coach at Notre Dame from 1975-80. As head coach at Notre Dame, Devine led the Fighting Irish to a 53-16-1 record over the course of six seasons, and helped them win the national championship in 1977. Devine left Notre Dame and moved to Phoenix where he became the executive director of the Arizona State Sun Angel Foundation. He returned to Missouri in 1992 and served as athletic director until 1994.

Devine has received many honors, including being inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1973, the ASU Hall of Distinction in 1987 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985. According to Hank Kuhlman, who both played for and coached with Devine, "Dan Devine was a winner and he knew how to get players to play. He was loved by his football players. He also knew how to delegate authority. He was a disciplinarian. He made his teams do what they needed to do. He was a very good, loyal person, and he turned Arizona State, Missouri, and Green Bay into winners."

Links and sources

Read more about Devine's career at MU

Devine's career, bio from University of Notre Dame

Devine's career with the Green Bay Packers

Profile of Devine including his life and career

1968 image of Devine from MU Archives

Updated: March 25, 2012

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