Longtime UCLA coach and faculty soccer corridor of famer Terry Donahue dies on the age of 77
Long-time UCLA soccer coach Terry Donahue died on Sunday after fighting cancer for two years, the university said. He was 77 years old.
As a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Donahue coached the Bruins from 1976-95, setting a record of 151-74-8. His 151 wins are a UCLA record and his 98 Conference wins remain the most important in Pac-12 history. Donahue became the first coach to win bowl games for seven consecutive seasons, from 1982 to 1988. Three of those wins came in the Rose Bowl.
UCLA finished the season in the Associated Press top 10 on five occasions (1982, 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988) under Donahue. He won or shared the conference title five times and finished first or second twelve times.
Donahue was inducted into the hall in 2000.
“There are not enough words to adequately honor Terry Donahue and his importance to the Bruin family and anyone who has had the pleasure to know him,” said UCLA coach Chip Kelly in a statement.
“He embodies everything that you aspire to as a coach and as a person. Since I’ve been on campus he’s been an incredible mentor and one of the most authentic, humble and toughest men I’ve ever met. He loved UCLA with everything he had, and I cannot express how important his guidance and friendship was to me. “