F. Davis Maurer, 1954
B.A., Denison University
M.A., The Ohio State University
Citation awarded June, 1989
One of Denison’s most successful alumni from the world of athletics, Davis “Dave” Maurer has become one of the legends in the world of Division III football. He joined the Wittenberg University staff after earning his master’s degree in physical education at the Ohio State University. He served as assistant football coach for 14 seasons and then took over as head coach in 1969. He also coached the swimming and track teams.
Some of his football records include win-loss record of 129-23-3, an .842 winning percentage; winning the national championship his first year as head coach (first Stagg Bowl); twice runner-up in NCAA Division III Stagg Bowl; twice Kodiak’s “National Coach of the Year”; three undefeated teams and five teams with only one loss; seven Ohio Athletic Conference championships; five times OAC “Coach of the Year”; a 53-1 record in OAC divisional play since 1973.
In 1975, Dave was inducted into Denison’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 1983, he was selected for the prestigious job of president of the American Football Coaches Association. He currently serves as Wittenberg University’s professor of health.