Colgate’s Dick Biddle retiring after 18 seasons
Dick Biddle, the winningest head football coach in Colgate
history, retired Monday after 18 stellar seasons and seven Patriot
”My wife and I carefully considered this decision,” Biddle
said. ”Our love for Colgate and Hamilton is unparalleled, but 18
years as head coach is a long time at any one place. Sometimes a
change is good for everybody.
The 6-year-old Biddle is the winningest coach in Patriot League
history. He compiled a 137-73 (.652) overall record and won three
of every four conference games he coached, finishing 81-27 (.750)
against league competition. The next-closest Patriot League coach
is Lafayette’s Frank Tavani, who has 76 overall victories and 45 in
”I’ve had a great run here and accomplished many of my coaching
goals,” Biddle said. ”There are other things I want to do in my
life, and this is the perfect opportunity for my wife and me to
begin a new chapter.”
Associate head coach Dan Hunt will take over for Biddle,
effective July 1.
In 2012, Biddle was named Patriot League coach of the year for
the fifth time while guiding the Raiders to their seventh Patriot
League title and seventh appearance in the NCAA playoffs.
Biddle achieved the best winning percentage of any Colgate coach
with seven or more years at the helm of the Raiders. He also is the
first Colgate coach to record nine straight seasons (1997-2005)
with seven or more victories.
”My career was supported by great coaches, players and
administrators who stood behind our commitment to succeed,” Biddle
said. ”We won seven championships, but three or four other times
we were second and had a chance to win the championship, like this
Biddle’s best season was 2003, when he led the Raiders to the
national championship game. They won their first 15 games,
including three in the NCAA playoffs, before losing to Delaware,
and Biddle was named the American Football Coaches Association
Division I-AA national coach of the year.
”For a non-scholarship program with the highest academic
standards to compete for a national championship speaks volumes
about what that team was made of,” Biddle said. ”That’s something
Colgate football and I will never forget.”
The Parkersburg, W.Va., native starred in college at Duke and
was a two-time All-ACC linebacker. He received All-America
third-team honors his senior year and played in the Blue-Gray and
Hula Bowl all-star games. Biddle later was elected to Duke’s
Prior to taking over the Raiders, Biddle coached at Virginia
Tech, Minnesota and Navy, along with two stints as a Colgate
assistant. He began his coaching career at Allegheny in 1973.
Biddle’s duties at Colgate officially run through the end of the
current academic year, but Hunt assumes all responsibilities for
recruiting, spring practice and preparations for next season.
Hunt, 44, has been at Colgate since Biddle took over in 1996.
Biddle took a squad that went 0-11 the previous season to a 6-5
overall record in 1996, followed by a perfect 6-0 Patriot League
season in 1997.
Hunt, a graduate of Springfield College, just completed his
fourth season as associate head coach and seventh as offensive
coordinator. He has been the quarterbacks coach since 1999. In
2012, the Raiders finished third nationally in scoring offense,
fourth in total offense and fifth in rushing offense.