Nehlen Elected to Hall

Legendary head coach Don Nehlen has been inducted into the college football Hall of Fame. The 21-year West Virginia veteran is only the 17th coach in NCAA Division I-A history to record 200 career victories.

After winning 53 games in nine seasons at Bowling Green from 1968-1976, Nehlen firmly planted himself on the college football landscape at West Virginia. Named National Coach of the Year in 1988, he coached more seasons (21) and won more games (149) than any other coach in Mountaineer history.

Selected to coach in numerous Blue-Gray, East-West Shrine and Hula Bowl all-star games, Nehlen coached 15 First Team All-Americas and 82 First Team All-Conference performers. Helping the Mountaineers to two undefeated regular seasons in 1988 and 1993, Nehlen guided the team to 13 bowl game victories, 17 winning seasons and the 1993 BIG EAST Conference title. His career record included 202 wins, 128 losses and eight ties.

The 1997 president and a current trustee of the American Football Coaches Association, Nehlen received the 2002 Distinguished West Virginian Award from the WV Broadcasters Association. An all-time great, he is a member of the Mid-American Conference, Bowling Green University, Gator Bowl and West Virginia University Halls of Fame. Nehlen continues to reside in Morgantown, West Virginia.


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