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Former UT Football Coach Hangs up his Cleats

Former University of Tampa football coach Dennis Fryzel had a long lasting career as a college and professional coach for 20 years. Fryzel was the last football coach at UT before the sport was shut down. At the age young of 67, he has coached his last game.

He began his career as a defensive coordinator at UT before becoming the head coach at age 30. He worked with familiar names such as Nick Saban and Bill Parcells.  Along with the Spartans, Fryzel coached at Columbia University, Williams College, Air Force Academy, Syracuse University, Ohio State University and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In the late 1970s, as defensive coordinator at Syracuse, Fryzel hired Saban. The duo coached together at Ohio State before being fired in 1981. Saban later became the head coach for another Spartan team, Michigan State.

Fryzel was born in Cleveland in 1942. He attended Garfield Heights High School and later graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. In high school, Fryzel was the captain of his high school team and after college graduation he returned to his alma mater for two years.

Coach Fryzel passed away at age 67, in his home, of renal cancer

After a 20 year career as a football coach Fryzel left to pursue a different career. A career in commercial construction sales. He became president of a telecommunications company, but instead of his employees calling him ‘boss’, they simply called him ‘coach’.

Fryzel is survived by his wife, two daughters and two brothers.

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