Former Michigan State football coach Denny Stolz dies at 89

Former Michigan State football head coach Denny Stolz passed away Thursday at 89, according to the university.

Stolz took over after legendary coach Duffy Daugherty retired in 1972 and led the program for three seasons. The Spartans were 19-13-1 in his time as head coach from 1973-75.

In his second season, Stolz was named Big Ten Coach of the Year as the Spartans finished 6-1-1 in conference play.

Stolz is a native of Mason and graduated from Alma College in 1955. He played both football and baseball for Alma and eventually became the football team’s head coach before coming to MSU.

Former Michigan State football coach Denny Stolz, who led the program from 1972-75, died on May 25 at the age of 89.

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In total, Stolz was a head coach at the college level for 21 seasons.