|Born||September 12, 1934|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1955–1962||Haslett HS (MI)|
|1963–1964||Eastern HS (MI)|
|1971–1972||Michigan State (DC)|
|1986–1988||San Diego State|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3 MIAA (1967–1968, 1970)|
2 MAC (1982, 1985)
1 WAC (1986)
|Big Ten Coach of the Year (1974)|
2× MAC Coach of the Year (1982, 1985)
Dennis Earl Stolz (born September 12, 1934) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Alma College (1965–1970), Michigan State University (1973–1975), Bowling Green State University (1977–1985), and San Diego State University (1986–1988), compiling a career college football record of 125–93–2.
Stolz graduated from Alma College in 1955.
Stolz served as defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Michigan State for two seasons before being promoted to succeed Duffy Daugherty as head coach on December 12, 1972. He was selected over Johnny Majors, Lee Corso and Barry Switzer who had removed himself from consideration the previous day. Stolz's three years as Spartans head coach was marred by a player recruiting scandal that culminated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) placing the program on three years’ probation on January 25, 1976. As a result, the Spartans were prohibited from any television and bowl game appearances through the 1978 season. Stolz resigned at the behest of university president Clifton R. Wharton Jr. and the board of trustees just over seven weeks later on March 16, 1976.
Head coaching record
|Alma Scots (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1965–1970)|
|Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1973–1975)|
|Bowling Green Falcons (Mid-American Conference) (1977–1985)|
|1982||Bowling Green||7–5||7–2||1st||L California|
|1985||Bowling Green||11–1||9–0||1st||L California|
|San Diego State Aztecs (Western Athletic Conference) (1986–1988)|
|1986||San Diego State||8–4||7–1||1st||L Holiday|
|1987||San Diego State||5–7||4–4||5th|
|1988||San Diego State||3–8||3–5||T–6th|
|San Diego State:||16–19||14–10|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
Assistant coaches under Stolz who became college or NFL head coaches:
- Steve Fairchild: Colorado State (2008–2011)
- Sean Payton: New Orleans Saints (2006–present)
- Gary Pinkel: Toledo (1991–2000), Missouri (2001–2015)
- "Denny Stolz Gets Michigan State Post". The New York Times. United Press International. December 13, 1972. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
- "Mich. State Football on Probation," The Associated Press, Sunday, January 25, 1976.
- "Stolz quits; Ganakas fired," United Press International, Tuesday, March 16, 1976.
- 1965 MIAA Football Standings & Stats
- 1966 MIAA Football Standings & Stats
- 1969 MIAA Football Standings & Stats