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A backup quarterback on the 1959 national championship team, Dave McClain made his name in the coaching world on the sidelines. A graduate assistant at Bowling Green in the early 1960's, he served as an assistant at Cornell, Miami(OH), Kansas and Ohio State before taking over the head coaching job at Ball State in 1971. He was voted the MAC Coach of the Year in 1975, coaching the Cardinals until 1977, and leaving with the third best winning percentage in MAC games in conference history (.694), trailing only Miami's Ara Parseghian and his former coach and father-in-law, Doyt Perry. (McClain had married Perry's daughter Judy.)

McClain moved on to the Big Ten for the 1978 season, where he coached the Wisconsin Badgers for eight seasons. Sadly, on April 28, 1986, McClain suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away at the age of 48. BGSU inducted him to the Athletic Hall of Fame the summer after his death, and Wisconsin has since named its training facility and a distinguished service award after McClain. The Big Ten Coach of the Year award is also named in his honor.
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