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Fred McCain, former football coach and athletics director

Fred McCain, former football player, coach and athletic director, obituaryFred Noel McCain, former Mean Green athlete, coach and athletics director, died Feb. 26 in Denton. He was 90.

McCain was described at a man who contributed to the development of the UNT athletic department in "just about every conceivable capacity," in an article in the Denton Record Chronicle.

As quarterback of the football team, McCain helped lead the Mean Green to the 1946 Optimist Bowl and 1947 Salad Bowl games.

He also was an assistant football coach from 1950 to 1971, managed the UNT Coliseum from 1973 to 1982 and was athletic director from 1982 to 1987.

McCain was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.

During his 45 years with UNT, he was involved in the integration of football and other sports, building the basketball program, managing athletics' finances and generating student and alumni support.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. March 2 at First United Methodist Church of Denton, 201 S. Locust St.

McCain was a graduate of Gainesville High School and received bachelor's and master's degrees from UNT.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include wife, Mary, brother, daughter, son, grandson, nieces, nephews and a granddog.

(Photo, 1947 Yucca yearbook)

Posted on: Tue 26 February 2013

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