Former U-M Football Co-Captain Tom Coyle Passes Away
Oct. 10, 2012
Tom Coyle, Michigan's football co-captain along with Randy Logan in 1972, passed away at his home in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday. He was 62.
Coyle was a three time-letter winner for the Wolverines' football team.
He started 32 games at right guard in those three seasons, and during those years, the Wolverines had a combined record of 30-3 (21-2 Big Ten) and captured two Big Ten Championships.
In each of those years, the Wolverines finished the season ranked in the Top Ten of both football polls.
In '72, Coyle was named to All-Conference football team.
"Tom was a good kid with good ability but more than that he was a real competitor," said former assistant coach Jerry Hanlon, the offensive line coach when Coyle played. "He even helped us get more recruits from Chicago just because of the type of young man he was. The kids really liked him."
"He was a tough, hard-nosed player that took Bo's message to heart and played with all his heart," said Fritz Seyferth, a fullback on Coyle's team. "He was a great leader. He was mentally tough, physically tough and everything you could look for in Michigan lineman.
"His Chicago Irish Catholic way made all of us work hard but he made you have fun while you were working hard. He made you laugh."
Coyle was a highly recruited high school player out of Brother Rice in Chicago. His quickness, size and intelligence were a perfect fit for Bo Schembechler's offensive line and the rushing offense employed by the team at the time.
In 1971, the 3,978 net rushing yards are the second best total in the history of Michigan football and the 229 first downs by rushing remains number one in the 133 years of U-M in that category.
The Wolverines rushed for a total 9,321 yards and outscored their opponents 973 to 230 during Coyle's three seasons as a starter.
Memorial service information is not available at this time.