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
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
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
(Bowling Green, '64)
18th Year Coachingat Collegiate Level
(4 at BGSU, 6 at Arizona, 4 at Tulane,
and 4 at Ball State)
1986 Bowling Green 5-6-0
1987 Bowling Green 5-6-0
1988 Bowling Green 2-8-1
1986 Bowling Green 5-3-0
1987 Bowling Green 5-3-0
1988 Bowling Green 1-6-1
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