One of the most revered coaches in Toledo football history has passed away. Frank X. Lauterbur passed away on Wednesday night in a Toledo area nursing facility. He was 88 years old.
Lauterbur led the Rocket football program to MAC Championships in 1967, 1969, and 1970. During the 1969 and 1970 seasons, Lauterbur's Rockets were nationally ranked in the top-twenty of Wire Service Polls and also won the Tangerine Bowl during both seasons. Lauterbur was also a three time MAC "Coach of the Year" during the 1967, 1969, and 1970 campaigns and led the Rockets to a 48-32-2 overall record during his tenure from 1963-1970. Following the 1970 season, Lauterbur left Toledo to become the head football coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Following his time at Iowa, he went on to become a coach in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts, the Los Angeles Rams, and the Seattle Seahawks.
During Lauterbur's time in Toledo, he recruited several nationally recognized names, even to this very day. Fifty-five of Lauterbur's recruited players went on to become either first or second-team All-MAC. Aside from that, four players recruited by Lauterbur went on to win National All-America Honors; Tom Beutler, Curtis Johnson, Chuck Ealey, and Mel Long all received those All-America honors and are all in the Toledo Rocket Hall of Fame.