Irvin C. Wisniewski

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Wiz was the architect of powerhouse offensive lines that paved the way for the University of Delaware football team’s rise to perennial national championship contenders during the Wing-T era under
head coaches David M. Nelson and Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond. As Blue Hen offensive line coach from 1952 through 1976, Irv helped to develop numerous Blue Hens who attained All-America status and was
instrumental in recruiting top-quality talent for the Delaware football program. He also contributed sections to Nelson’s nationally acclaimed book, “The Delaware Wing-T.” As head basketball coach at
the University of Delaware from 1954 through 1966, Irv ranks second on the school’s all-time career victory list with 111. His 1961-62 Blue Hen squad compiled an 18-5 record. Wiz also authored two
editions of the book, “Delaware Basketball.” In addition, he served as an advisor to Poland’s Olympic basketball team in 1965 and 1966. He also coached American women’s basketball teams and USA
junior teams in international competition. During his tenure as an associate professor at UD from 1952 through 1989, Irv served as head Blue Hen golf coach from 1955 through 1963. As a college
athlete, Wiz played on two national championship football teams at the University of Michigan and caught a touchdown pass in the Wolverines’ 1948 win over Michigan State. He was also a member of
Michigan’s 1948 Big 10 basketball champions. Wiz has been active in community sports programs for decades, and was elected to the UD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.





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