DOVER, Del. - On Monday evening, the Wesley College community and the Wesley College football program lost a legend. Former head coach and Wesley Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Bob Andrus passed away on Monday evening.
The Wolverines' former head coach was an instrumental figure in the college's transition from junior college to NCAA Division III member, and helped to bring a new era to Wesley football and Wesley athletics. He built the foundation for the Wolverines' current success.
In 1967 Bob was hired as the head football coach at Wesley College and won the Tri-State Conference championship his first two seasons. In 1970, the Wolverines appeared in the Sterling Silver Bowl in Hutchison, Kansas where the squad ended the season as the second ranked Junior College football team in the nation. That year he also won his first Coastal Conference championship. Bob's team won again in 1976. Bob was named Coastal Conference "Coach of the Year" in 1970 & 1976 and was three-time head coach of the Coastal Conference All-Star game. He coached until 1987, a tenure of 21 years.
"Coach Andrus meant so much to so many, especially our Wesley football Alumni. He loved Wesley College and he loved his players," said Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Mike Drass. "He had great success as our coach and Wesley College will dearly miss him and what he stood for."
Even after leaving Wesley, Coach Andrus was a presence on campus and in the community. His impact on the team was felt at games, campus events, and alumni outings. "It was an honor to have Coach Andrus at our games and our golf outing alumni event, he was and always will be a special part of our football program," said Drass.
A viewing for Coach Andrus will be held on Saturday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Torbert Funeral Home at 1145 East Lebanon Road, Dover, Del. with a service immediately following. In the place of flowers, the family asks that those in attendance consider donations in Andrus' name to the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford, Del.