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Now in his fourth year as head football

coach at Bowling Green State University,

Howard M. (Moe) Ankney believes the

future of Falcon football will be as bright

as its past.

"Bowling Green football is strong, and

Bowling Green football is respected across

the country," Ankney says. "When our

players put on the Bowling Green uniform,

they are eager to go out and uphold that

winning tradition."

Hanging on his Doyt L Perry Field office

wall is a framed list of five objectives. Meet

these goals, Ankney tells his players, and

Bowling Green will maintain its reputation

as one of the top two Mid-American Con-

ference football programs of the 1980s.


1. Each player earn a college degree

2. Continue the winning tradition

3. Beat Toledo

4. Win the California Raisin Bowl

5. Each player becomethe best that he can

be as a student, as an athlete and as a


With these goals in mind, Ankney will

lead his Falcon football team into the 1989

season, the 71st season in the long history

of intercollegiate football at BGSU.

Appointed as the University's 13th head

football coach on December 30, 1985,

Ankney has coached the Falcons to

second-place finishes in the MAC twice in

the last three years. BG finished second in

1986 and second in 1987, before struggl-

ing to an uncharacteristic eighth-place

finish last season.

Ankney has a 12-20-1 overall record at

BGSU, a record that reflects the challeng-

ing non-conference schedule Bowling

Green has played the last three seasons.

BG lined up against a defending national

champion one year, and then a team that

played for the national title the next. In

1986, the Falcons visited Minnesota and

Washington. In 1987, it was Penn State


and Arizona. And last season, West Virgin-

ia and Texas Christian were confronted.

The Falcons will be challenged again

outside of the MAC in '89. BG opens at

East Carolina and closes the season at

Tulsa. In between, the Falcons host Akron

at Perry Field.

Ankney, a 1964 BGSU graduate, return-

ed to his alma mater after serving six

seasons as the assistant head coach,

defensive coordinator and secondary

coach at the University of Arizona of the

Pacific-10 Conference. In leaving Arizona,

he left a long-time coaching associate and

friend, Arizona Head Coach Larry Smith.

Like Ankney, Smith is a Bowling Green

graduate, and the two coached together for

10 seasons.

Prior to joining the Arizona staff in 1980,

Ankney was Smith's defensive coordinator

and secondary coach at Tulane for four

seasons between 1976-79.And beforethat,

he was the secondary coach at Ball State

Head Coach

Moe Ankney

(Bowling Green, '64)

18th Year Coachingat Collegiate Level

(4 at BGSU, 6 at Arizona, 4 at Tulane,

and 4 at Ball State)

All Games

Year School

1986 Bowling Green 5-6-0

1987 Bowling Green 5-6-0

1988 Bowling Green 2-8-1

TOTALS 12-20-1


MAC Games

Year School

1986 Bowling Green 5-3-0

1987 Bowling Green 5-3-0

1988 Bowling Green 1-6-1

TOTALS 11-12-1


from 1971-75under the late Dave McClain.

In all, he has spent 17 seasons coaching

football at the collegiate level.

At each stop, Ankney was instrumental

in helping to rebuild struggling programs.

While at Ball State, he helped the Cardinals

improve their record from 4-5-1 in 1971 to

9-2 in 1975. At Tulane, Ankney helped the

Green Wave from a 2-9 record in 1976 to

a 9-2 mark and a berth in the Liberty Bowl

in 1979. The Arizona Wildcats were 5-6 in

1980 and improved their record to 8-3-1 in

1985, including a 13-13tie with Georgia in

the Sun Bowl. His Arizona defensive units

finished among the nation's statistic

leaders from 1982-85.

Among his former players in the National

Football League have been Denver Bron-

cos linebacker Ricky Hunleyand Cleveland

Browns defensive back Al Gross. More

than 20 of his former players have gone on

to careers in professional football. At Bowl-

ing Green, Ankney has coached

Kramer, a fifth-round draft pick by th

Browns, as well as several otherswho have

signed free agent contracts.

Ankney entered the coaching profession

at the high school level. He was an assis-

tant football and wrestling coach at Eaton

High School for the 1964-65 seasons and

then became head coach at Dayton Nor-

thridge in 1966. He moved on to Dayton

Wayne High School as head coach in foot-

ball and tennis in 1967 and stayed until

1971 when he joined the Ball State staff.

His five-year head coaching record in the

high school ranks stands at 24-21-5.While

coaching in the Dayton area, Ankney earn-

ed his master's degree from Miami Univer-

sity in 1969.

Ankney, 47, a native Ohioan, grew up in

Xenia before moving to Kettering as a high

school senior. A1960 Fairmont High School

graduate, he was an all-state quarterback

and a participant in the Ohio All-Stargame.

While a student at BGSU, Ankney played

on two MAC Championship teams as a re-

serve quarterback and lettered twice under

legendary Coach Doyt Perry. The Falcons

went 23-5-1 from 1961-63.

While an undergraduate, Ankney earned

election to Omicron Delta Kappa, a leader-

ship honorary, Phi Alpha Theta, a history

honorary, and KappaDelta Pi, an education


Ankney was reared in a football family.

His uncle Petewas his head coach at Fair-

mont High School. Pete Ankney also was

a head coach at Canton McKinley High

School and at the University of Dayton.

Moe's father, Ben, coached at Miami Uni-

versity and at Xenia High School.

Moe and his wife, Carlalee, are t

parents of two daughters (Angela, 26, and

Molly, 21), a son (Andy, 24), and two grand-

children (Ashley, 3, and Bryce, 1).

Howard Milton Ankney was born June

23, 1942.