Moss on a 1948 Bowman football card
August 4, 1926|
August 7, 2014 88) (aged|
|1948||Green Bay Packers|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1955–1957||Miami (FL) (backfield)|
|Head coaching record|
4–15–1 (college football)|
15–7 (college baseball)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 (ArenaBowl II & ArenaBowl IV)|
|3× AFL Coach of the Year (1988, 1992, 1994)|
Perry Lee Moss (August 4, 1926 – August 7, 2014) was an American football player, coach, and executive. Moss played tailback at the University of Tulsa and quarterback at Illinois during the 1940s. As a Tulsa tailback, he was on the Orange Bowl team that beat Georgia Tech, 26–12, in the 1945 Orange Bowl and later as an Illinois T-quarterback, he directed a Rose Bowl team which routed UCLA, 45–14, in 1947. Moss served two years in the United States Air Force between his playing time at Tulsa and Illinois. At Illinois, he was named to All-Big Ten Conference and All-American teams. He was drafted in 1948 by the Green Bay Packers in the 13th round (111th pick overall) and played at the professional level for one year before returning to Illinois as an assistant.
Moss served as head baseball coach and backfield coach at the University of Miami in 1955 and University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1958. In 1959, he was named as the head football coach and athletic director at Florida State, and compiled a 4–6 record and later at Marshall University in 1968 where he compiled an 0–9–1 record before resigning in the wake of NCAA recruiting violations. Twenty-eight members of the 1969 Thundering Herd presented a petition to West Virginia Governor Arch A. Moore Jr. to reinstate Moss for 1970, but the university instead named 1969 interim coach Rick Tolley, known as a brutal disciplinarian, to the post permanently. The decision undoubtedly saved Moss' life, for Tolley, 37 players and 37 others perished on November 14, 1970 in the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932 following Marshall's loss at East Carolina.
From 1960 through 1962 he was head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. In the mid-1960s and again in the early 1980s he coached the West Virginia Rockets of the semi-pro American Football Association. In 1987, Moss was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bruisers of the Arena Football League. In 1991, he was named as first coach of the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League and compiled a record of 59–25 before leaving the team in 1997.
Perry's son Les is also an American football coach.
Head coaching record
|Florida State Seminoles (NCAA University Division independent) (1959)|
|Marshall Thundering Herd (Mid-American Conference) (1968)|
- Linda Kay & Mike Conklin (February 23, 1988). "The Silver Fox is on the scene: Blackhawks General Manager...". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- "Former Seminole football coach, Perry Moss, dies". Tallahassee.com. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
- Perry Moss at the College Football Data Warehouse
- Perry Moss at Pro-Football-Reference.com
- Coaching Page on ArenaFan.com