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Dick MacPherson is one of the most successful, and well-liked, football coaches of his era. The affable native of Old Town, Maine served as head football coach at the University of Massachusetts for seven seasons in the 70's, compiling a record of 45-27-1 with four Yankee Conference championships. After a stint as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL, Coach Mac became head coach at Syracuse University, where he took over a floundering program and led the Orangemen to 5 bowl appearances in his 10 seasons. In 1987, MacPherson's Orangemen stunned the nation by posting a perfect 11-0 record during the regular season, followed by a 16-16 tie with Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. He finished his coaching career as head coach of the New England Patriots in 1991 and 1992. He has been inducted into the State of Maine Hall of Fame, the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame, and the Springfield College Hall of Fame.


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