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“I played for Coach Fouts,1973- 1976. He was a remarkable man. I have thought of him throughout my life. One of a line! All the great ones are.<br ...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Dave Carey - Meridian, MS

“I have often thought of Coach Fours since my OWU playing days. He continues to be a positive influence on me. Coach was a fine and wonderful man! ”
2 of 34 | Posted by: dave carey - meridian, MS

“I graduated from Fairmont High School in 1952 lettering in football my senior year. We who played for Fairmont those years were blessed to have been...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Donald O. Christman - Roscoe, IL

“I played for Coach Fouts for 2 seasons during his last two seasons at OWU, 1982 and 83, and completely admired him on all levels. I was extremely...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Jay Hood - Waynesville, NC

“WITH GRATEFUL THANKS AND APPRECIATION FOR ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL WORDS ABOUT COACH JACK....WITH AN INVITATION TO A FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHERING AT THE...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: BARBARA (BOBBIE) - PUNTA GORDA,, FL

“Jill, Dave and families, I am so sorry for your loss! It's always hard to lose your dad. I first met your dad when we watched the moon landing at...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Kathy Wenzlau Comer - Powell, OH

“We were all blessed to be able to work with Jack. A true professional, always with the best interests of the young athletes in mind. Grateful for...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Tom Agne - Delaware, OH

“Jack Fouts was an outstanding couch and human being. He made me a better person. Condolences to the entire Fouts family. Greg McComas OWU '77 ”
8 of 34 | Posted by: Greg McComas - Beverly Hills, MI

“Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. I hope there is some comfort in knowing that many of us remember with fondness Jack and...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: David Robbins - Delaware, OH

“Jack gave me my first coaching position. I have thought of him often over the years. I remember simple things like the daily jog after practice and...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Kit Cartwright - Bloomington, IN

“MARCH 6, 2012 SAD TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF A GREAT LEADER, COACH JACK FOUTS. FROM THE SUMMERTIME BARBECUES @ HIS HOUSE IN DELAWARE,O, TO THE FALL...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: JIM FREEMAN - ALAMO, CA

“My sincere condolences to Jack's family. He was a mentor for me at a time in my career when nobody else wanted to hire me. I learned a lot about...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Bob Colbert - Greensburg, PA

“John, My condolences on the passing of your Dad. He has left his mark on hundreds of men around the country and the world who will miss him as much...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Robert Cook - Janesville, WI

“While I didn't go out for the team my first year, after Coach recruited me, he never-the-less encouraged me to play and play hard over the next 3...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Bob "Amo" Amoruso - Wayne, NJ

“Jack was a wonderful caring coach and friend. He inspired us all and we will forever remember him with great fondness. My condolences to Bobbi and...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Janet Heinis - Honey Brook, PA

“Dear Bobbi, "To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven". Please accept my deepest sympathy. Cindy Gates ...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Cindy Gates - Punta Gorda, FL

“One of the best summers of my life I spent in McGregor Bay with the Fouts family while my family was back home. I remember the warm, loving...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Sue (Skala) Seaglund - MI

“I had the good fortune to play for Coach Fouts on the 1954-56 Fairmont HS teams. He was not only an outstanding coach but also a great person to...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Ken DeHaven MD - Rochester, NY

“Everyone who played for Coach Fouts loved and respected him for all he taught us about life and football. He was a truly great man and a caring...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: john zeisler - columbus, OH

“My condolences to the entire Fouts Family. Coach was always an inspiration to me at OWU and taught me to be the best I could be. I'll always...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Tom Liller "71 - Rocky River, OH

“Dear Bobby, Just learned of Jack's passing. We are heartbroken to hear the news. We know the pain you and the family have endured throughout his...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Betty Babitzke - Punta Gorda, FL

“My sincerest condoences for the entire Fouts family. Coach Jack was such a big part of mine and so many other lives on and off the football field....Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Bill Wasil - San Antonio, TX

“I chose to attend Ohio Wesleyan largely due to Jack Fouts. I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan largely due to Jack Fouts. I am who I am today largely due...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Tom Mulligan - Hiram, OH

“Coach Fouts, You will be missed, our prayers are with you and your famiy. Jerry Marella 1985 Bishops ”
24 of 34 | Posted by: Jerry Marella - greenville, SC

“In behalf of the entire Skala family, I wish to express our sorrow from learning of Jack's passing. Simply put, he was just a 'great guy' that...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Dave Skala - Ann Arbor, MI

“To Coach Fouts' family, Thank you for sharing coach with us during his years at Cornell! I was a undersized linebacker that he took under his...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: Steve Lipic - St. Louis, MO

“The Ohio Wesleyan University athletic department wishes to express our sincerest condolences to the entire Fouts Family. Jack is an Ohio Wesleyan...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Roger Ingles - Delaware, OH

“Dear Jill and Rob, Dave and Binney, Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Coach Fouts. Coach was one of those individuals you met...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Tony & Bonnie DiBiasio - Westlake, OH

“To: The family and friends of Jack Fouts.... My sincere condolences at the passing of a husband, father, grandfather, coach....... and friend to so...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Bob Kuck - Sarasota, FL - Friend

“Dave, Jill and families. I'm so very sorry hearing of your father passing. You all are in our prayers.Take care, George Fleshman ”
30 of 34 | Posted by: George Fleshman - Holton, KS

“We remember fondly many hours on the golf course with Jack. His stories and anecdotes will stay with us always. Our condolences to his family. ”
31 of 34 | Posted by: Gene & Sara Laber - Punta Gorda, FL

“I played football for 5 years under Coach Fouts & w/ John for 4 years in the Def. Bacfield - always one of the greatest thrills in my life. Coach...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: T - MD - Player

“We're so very sorry for your loss, Jack was always so very kind to all...and we know how deeply he will be missed. With Love, Dennis Nolan & Jeff...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Dennis Nolan - Tampa, FL

“To the family of Coach Fouts. I am saddened by your loss. I remember coach as a gentleman with a wise and patient demeanor. He must have been...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Bud Hering - Bellevue, WA


The family wishes to express their utmost appreciation to the Palms of Punta Gorda and TideWell Hospice for the loving care of the Coach. Jack D. Fouts, 86, of Punta Gorda, FL passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012. He was the son of Thurman and Ruby (Hill) Fouts, born September 8, 1925 in Akron, Ohio. Upon high school graduation, Jack immediately joined the US Navy, V5 Program. He received his aviation cadet training at Milligan College, TN and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. He enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH, where he played football, both as a running back and defensive back. He also played basketball and baseball. Upon graduation in 1948 he married his college sweetheart, Jeanne Mayer, who preceded him in death in 1974. Jack earned his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1951. His coaching career began at high school level, serving eleven years as a coach in the Ohio school system, with six seasons at Kettering Fairmont H.S. where he compiled a 38-13-3 overall record. Prior to becoming head coach at Ohio Wesleyan in 1964, Jack spent five years as offensive line coach at University of Michigan under Bump Elliot. He was the defensive line coach at Bowling Green University in 1958 before moving to Michigan. Coach Fouts enjoyed tremendous success at his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University in the 1960's and 70's. From 1967-71 his football team was 33-12-1 overall and won two Ohio Athletic Conference championships in addition to one second place in the O.A.C. In 1967, he was named NCAA College Division Coach of the Year for District II after he led his OWU team to an undefeated season(8-0-1-). The following year they were 8-1; winning 13 straight games from 1967-68. In 1971 Fouts directed his team to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, compiling a 9-1 overall record. Coach Fouts became the Cornell University offensive line coach in 1984 after 20 years as head coach at Ohio Wesleyan University. In April 1989, he was named the 21st head football coach of Cornell. After retiring to Florida in 1993, Fouts accepted his final head coaching position in 1994, where he coached American football in Graz Austria. His Graz Giants were 7-3 and runner up to the Vienna Vikings in the Austrian Bowl. Jack will be greatly missed by his wife of 35 years, Barbara (Greiner); children, David M. (Belinda Brown) Fouts of Cleveland, Ohio, Jill (Robert) Chappuis of Ann Arbor, MI, and John M (Nydia) Fouts of Hermosillo, Mexico; 9 grandchildren; step-children, Brooke M. (Steven Clements) Greiner of Seattle, WA, Jeffrey M. (Barbara Nolan) Greiner of Inverness, FL, Debra A Greiner of Suquamish, WA and Michael J. (Carol Bushway) Greiner of Birmingham, AL; 4 step-grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A graveside service will be at a later date at Sarasota National VA Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice or Ohio Wesleyan University Football Program. To express condolences to the family, please sign the online guest book.

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