HEAD COACH DICK BIDDLE
Dick Biddle is in his 10th season as head coach of the Raiders. He was named Colgate’s 29th head football coach in November of 1995 after serving as an assistant coach for a total of 10 years with the Raiders.
He was given the job of rebuilding Colgate’s program which hadn’t seen a winning season since 1990. And its been a continuous ride to the top for Colgate under Biddle’s tutelage.
Over the last nine seasons, Biddle has reached the 76-win plateau; the fastest of any coach in Colgate’s gridiron history. He comes into the 2005 season needing two victories to become the second winningest football coach in school history.
He has achieved the best winning percentage (.710) of any Colgate coach with seven or more years at the helm of the Raiders. Biddle is also the first Colgate coach to ever record eight straight seasons with seven or more victories.
In 2003, he guided the Raiders to a 15-1 record, their fourth Patriot League championship, and to the national championship game of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
He was named the American Football Coaches Association Division
In his first season, Biddle not only produced a winning campaign, but became only the third head coach in Division I or I-AA history to record a winning record the season after a team suffered through an 0-11 campaign.
For his effort, Biddle was selected by his coaching peers as the Patriot League Coach of the Year, and was named the co-recipient of Colgate’s Howard Hartman Coach of the Year Award.
In his second season he brought home the first Patriot League championship along with Colgate’s first appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs since 1983. His back-to-back winning seasons were the first since 1982 and 1983.
Biddle’s effort was recognized again by his peers with his second straight selection as Colgate’s Coach of the Year.
In 1998, Biddle produced eight victories en route to a second straight appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. His victory total was the highest since the 1983 campaign.
He continued Colgate’s success story in 1999 with the school’s second Patriot League Championship and third consecutive berth in the Division I-AA playoffs. En route to the playoffs, the Raiders tied the school record for victories in a season with 10.
For his effort, Biddle was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, presented annually to the top coach in Division I-AA.
In 2000, the Raiders posted their fifth straight winning season under Biddle with a 7-4 record. They finished second in the Patriot League standings.
The Raiders (7-3) finished second again in the Patriot League in 2001.
In 2002, Colgate (9-3) captured its third Patriot League title under Biddle, and won seven or more games for the sixth straight season. Biddle became the first Colgate coach to be named a three-time winner of the Howard Hartman Award.
Under Biddle, the Raiders have produced an explosive offense finishing in the Top 10 nationally in rushing three times and twice in total offense. In 2000, Colgate was fourth in the nation in rushing defense and in 2003 the Raiders finished sixth against the rush.
Biddle, 57, came back to Colgate in 1992 as defensive coordinator and linebacker coach under Mike Foley. He had previously coached at Colgate under Fred Dunlap from 1977 through 1982.
Prior to returning to Colgate for a second time, Biddle spent two seasons at the United States Naval Academy, where he served as linebacker coach in his first season and defensive coordinator and linebacker coach in the second season.
Biddle previously coached at Colgate from 1977 through the 1982 season. He was defensive line coach for six seasons, and served as defensive coordinator his final two campaigns with the Raiders.
During that tenure, Colgate posted five winning seasons, including the first 10-win season in the school’s history in 1977, and it’s first post-season NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearance in 1982.
Prior to Navy, Biddle was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota for five years. He first joined the Golden Gophers under Lou Holtz. Following Holtz’s departure for Notre Dame, Biddle served as linebacker coach under John Gutekunst for four seasons - the last three as defensive coordinator. After leaving Colgate in 1982, he joined the staff at Virginia Tech where he worked with the linebackers for two campaigns.
He came to Colgate the first time from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania where he began his coaching career in 1973. During his first year at Allegheny, he coached the defensive line and wide receivers. For the last three seasons, he was in charge of both the defensive and offensive lines and linebackers.
In his second stint with the Raiders, Biddle was wide receiver coach for one season, and running back coach for two campaigns under coach Ed Sweeney.
Biddle has also coached in three Bowl games: the 1984 and 1985 Independence Bowls while at Virginia Tech and Minnesota, respectively, and the 1986 Liberty Bowl with Minnesota. He also coached in the 1989 Blue-Gray All-Star Game.
Biddle, a 1971 graduate of Duke University, was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker for two seasons. The former Blue Devil co-captain received third team Associated Press All-America honors in his senior year and was a participant in the Blue-Gray and Hula Bowl games.
Biddle is a three-time winner of Duke’s Hatchet Award, given to the most valuable player on defense. In his senior year he also received the Blue Devil Club Award as the senior who contributed the most to the team.
Biddle was recently elected to the all-century team at his alma mater.
He is a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia. During his scholastic career at Parkersburg High School, he was all-state in football and won three letters in wrestling. He and his wife, Sheila, are the parents of two sons, Jason and Brendon.
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