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Legendary Mount Union coach steps down

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Mount Union coach Larry Kehres resigned Wednesday after leading the NCAA Division III program to unparalleled success.

Kehres won 11 national championships and 23 Ohio Athletic Conference titles and compiled a 332-24-3 record, a .924 winning percentage, since he became coach in 1986. His teams also finished undefeated 21 times and the 332 wins rank fifth in college football history behind Jon Gagliardi (489), Eddie Robinson (408), Bobby Bowden (377) and Pop Warner (336).

The 63-year-old Kehres will remain as athletic director at the school, located in Alliance, Ohio. His son, Vince, will take over as head coach.

"The best part of the job was developing relationships with players and continuing those relationships following their graduations," Kehres said. "Coaching the Purple Raiders has been a tremendous experience for my family. We have shared many great experiences with our players, fellow coaches, trainers and their families. We plan to continue to enjoy working with Mount Union coaches and athletes."

Vince Kehres played on two national championship teams. He joined his father's coaching staff 13 years ago and spent the last eight as defensive coordinator.

"Obviously, Mount Union football has been a part of my entire life," Vince said. "I promise this program will continue to uphold the values and ideals that have made Mount Union what it is in the world of college football."

Mount Union won the 2012 national championship in Larry Kehres' final season.
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