Legendary College of DuPage Football Coach Bob MacDougall Dies at 77


Bob MacDougall, NJCAA Football Coach of the Year, who recorded 174 wins during his 21 seasons as head coach of the Chaparrals, has died. He was 77.  

During his 21 seasons at College of DuPage, from 1976-1996, MacDougall built the Chaparrals into a perennial NJCAA powerhouse, setting the NJCAA all-time football-winning streak of 36 games. During his time at COD, the Chaparrals also achieved an 8-5 record in bowl games winning the Midwest Bowl in 1984, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1995. In addition, the Chaparrals won the Royal-Crown Cola Bowl championship in 1986 and 1989. They also won 11 Region IV titles and eight N4C titles.

MacDougall coached 37 NJCAA All-Americans at COD with 92% of those student-athletes continuing their football careers at four-year colleges with some going on to also play professionally in the NFL, including Gene Benhart, (Indianapolis Colts), Aaron Bailey (Indianapolis Colts), Mike Bellamy (Philadelphia Eagles & Chicago Bears), Tim Calcagno (Pittsburgh Steelers), George Hawthorne (Cleveland Browns), Randy McCue (Cleveland Browns), Roosevelt Nix (Minnesota Vikings & Green Bay Packers), and Paul Spicer (Jacksonville Jaguars).

During his induction into the College of DuPage Hall of Fame, Bellamy said of his former coach, “The thing you committed to me was that you would always be there… I appreciate everything you’ve done. I don’t walk alone. I walk with the memories I’ve learned from… Coach MacDougall.”

Dating back to 1976, during his career MacDougall held a 204-61 record, winning a total of ten bowl games and two national championships. His career included stints coaching at Michigan Tech University from 1974-1976 and head coach for Joliet Junior College from 2000-2005. 

MacDougall graduated from St. Catherine High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1961. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1968. He was a US Army Veteran, serving in Berlin.

MacDougall passed away, Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judith, children Kevin (Christine) MacDougall, Amy (David) Thompson, Scott (Jessica) MacDougall, and Alex (Tiffany) MacDougall and grandchildren Magnolia, Greyson, Quentin MacDougall, Riley, Delaney and Olivia Thompson, Sophia, Alexandra, Parker and Delilah MacDougall, Oswald and Mazie MacDougall.

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