Gary Moeller, the former coach, has passed away.
Gary Moeller, the Michigan coach, died on Monday. His death was confirmed by the University of Michigan, although no cause was given. Moeller was elevated from assistant coach to head coach of the Wolverines.
“Gary Moeller was a fantastic family guy, great friend, great coach, and a man of integrity and good character,” Michigan stated. “He was someone I admired, respected, and loved.”
He won a national championship title 3 years in a row. He resigned in May 1995 after being jailed on charges resulting from an intoxicated incident at a suburban Detroit cafe.
“He was pressured to quit by the administration, and the whole thing was botched up,” Howard added. “Bo was out of town, and if Bo had been in town, it would not have happened because he was so powerful, and no one could have overturned him.”
Moeller recovered both socially and financially, becoming a tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals the following year. He moved on to coach the Lions’ linebackers after Bobby Ross left his job.
Moeller was possibly one dropped field goal removed from retaining his job.
“He also had bad breaks and awful timing in his career,” Jim Brandstatter explained. “However, you never heard Gary Moeller whine or make excuses.” He was a gentleman. He was a decent man.”
Moeller was appointed as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebackers coach, and he subsequently taught the Bears’ linebackers for the second season.
“We have lost a great family man.” My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Ann, their kids Susan, Amy, and Molly, and my old teammate and fellow captain Andy. Coach Mo, rest in peace, and Go Blue!”