Former Missouri, Vanderbilt coach Woody Widenhofer has passed away
We are sad to share that former Missouri and Vanderbilt head coach Woody Widenhofer has died. He was 77.
This news comes after suffered a second stroke in a month’s time, according to Widenhofer’s son Ryan, who shared the details with Mike Organ of The Tennessean.
“He had the biggest heart of any man I knew and loved his children unconditionally and had a lot of people that cared for him,” Ryan Widenhofer said. “He would have done anything for us — he stretched and stretched to do everything he could for us. Obviously, his career was very nomadic moving everywhere; the life of a football coach takes a lot of your time. But he was there for us as much as he could be.”
Widenhofer was the head coach at Missouri from 1985 until 1988, where he compiled a 12-31-1 overall record. Widenhofer’s other head coaching role came at Vanderbilt from 1997 until 2001 where his Commodore program was 15-40 overall and 4-36 in SEC play.
While he didn’t have much success leading college programs, Widenhofer served on four college staffs with the Pittsburgh Steelers that won Super Bowls. During his time with the franchise, the Steelers made the postseason in nine different seasons.
Widenhofer coached football from 1969 until 2007 spanning 11 different college or NFL teams.