Pat Dye Passes Away at the Age of 80
FORMER AUBURN FOOTBALL COACH AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, PAT DYE PASSESS AWAY ON MONDAY
Auburn legend Pat Dye passed away Monday at the age of 80. Dye was hospitalized last month for kidney related issues. He also tested positive for the coronavirus, but was asymptomatic.
Dye was the head football coach of the Auburn Tigers from 1981 to 1992 and recorded 99 wins. Tying for the second most in Auburn football history behind Shug Jordan.
During his time at the helm of the Tigers program he won at least a share of 4 SEC championships.
Dye was instrumental in bringing the Iron Bowl to Auburn in 1989. The game at the time was played in Birmingham.
in 2005 the playing surface at Jordan-Hare stadium was named Pat Dye field and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
After coaching, he served as auburn’s Athletic Director.
Pat Dye is survived by his four children, nine grandchildren and partner of 18 years Nancy Mcdonald.
STATEMENT ON COACH PAT DYE’S PASSING
Pat Dye, Jr:
“On behalf of our family, I want to thank all of the people from around the country who have offered their support and admiration for Dad these past several days. Dad would be honored and humbled to know about this overwhelming outreach. The world has lost a pretty good football coach and a great man. He was beloved, he touched so many lives and he will be missed by many, especially our family.
Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene
“For four decades, Coach Dye showed all of us what it looks like to be an Auburn person. His coaching exploits are well known, securing his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. His skills as an administrator were equally formidable, resulting most notably in bringing the Iron Bowl to Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Just like his football teams, Pat Dye the athletic director was tenacious, never backing down from a fight when he believed Auburn’s good name and best interests demanded it. Thanks to his tenacity, I’ll always treasure my first home Iron Bowl, celebrating victory on the field that bears his name.
It’s been a blessing to get to know Coach Dye in his retirement years in his role as a passionate supporter of all of Auburn Athletics. Ever the coach, I’ve witnessed him on countless occasions pouring into our student-athletes. In that sense, he never stopped being Coach Dye. On behalf of the Auburn Family, we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Patrick Fain Dye, whose love and loyalty for Auburn rendered a contribution we can never fully measure or repay.”
Gus Malzahn, Auburn Head Football Coach
“Coach Dye was much more than a hall of fame coach and administrator at Auburn. He was an Auburn leader and visionary. He not only returned the football program back to national prominence during his tenure, but was a key figure in bringing the Iron Bowl to Auburn and made an impact on the university and in the community. He embodied what Auburn is about: hard work, toughness and a blue collar mentality.
Coach Dye’s impact on Auburn is endless and will stand the test of time. He had a great and deep love for Auburn and he displayed that affinity daily. I’m very appreciative of his support and friendship through the years. It’s a sad day. Coach Dye was a treasure and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his former players and coaches and the entire Auburn family.”
David Housel, Auburn Athletic Director/Sports Information Director Emeritus
“People will talk about all of the games coach dye won, all of those champions and bowl games, but his greatest contribution, his legacy, is the difference he made in the lives of his players and the people who worked for him. I am one of them. He made a difference in my life.
He came to Auburn at a time when Auburn needed leadership and focus. He provided that leadership and focus and Auburn will be forever better because of him.”
Hal Baird, Auburn Baseball Coach, 1985-2000
“Coach Dye was a mentor and a friend for 46 years. I was with him when he coached his first football game at East Carolina and his last game at Auburn. He was a giant of a man and touched hundreds if not thousands of people. Everyone that he touched would say the same thing, that his life was built on a core of values that he taught to his players, coaches and staff. It’s a huge loss. He left an indelible impression on college football, on Auburn and really the entire country.”