Dick Enright

Dick Enright
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born 1935 (age 8283)
Playing career
1954–1956 USC
Position(s) Guard, tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1970–1971 Oregon (OL)
1972–1973 Oregon
1974–1975 Southern California Sun (OL)
1976–1977 San Francisco 49ers (OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 6–16 (college)

Richard "Dick" Enright (born c. 1935) is a former American football player and coach. He was the head coach at the University of Oregon[1] in 1972 and 1973, with a record of 6–16. Enright was a three-year letterman as a lineman at the University of Southern California.[2]\

Gardena High School

Prior to his time at Oregon, Enright was the head coach at Gardena High School, his alma mater, and won the CIF Los Angeles City Section football championship in 1969. After his college days at USC, he was a fifth round pick in the 1957 NFL Draft (57th overall) and was briefly with the Los Angeles Rams,[3] until an automobile accident ended his playing days.[4]


Enright moved to the college ranks as the offensive line coach for the Oregon Ducks of the Pac-8 in 1970, under head coach Jerry Frei,[5] and took over as head coach in February 1972, with a four-year contract starting at $22,500 per year.[6][7] As head coach, Enright helped develop quarterback Dan Fouts, a senior during the 1972 season, and Norv Turner was the QB in 1973. With season records of 4–7 and 2–9, Enright was fired by athletic director Norv Ritchey in January 1974,[8] with the university buying out the remainder of his four-year contract.[9][10] He was succeeded by one of his assistant coaches, Don Read.[8][11][12]

While head coach, Enright created the Daisy Ducks, an Oregon support club aimed at women.[13][14] He claimed he created the organization because he was tired of complaints that men could not get their wives to attend football games because they did not understand the sport; the club proved popular.[15][16] At the inaugural luncheon in August 1972, sophomore tight end Russ Francis did a "reverse striptease" to show the protective gear of a football player.[13]


After Oregon, Enright was hired by Tom Fears in April 1974 to coach the offensive line of the Southern California Sun of the short-lived professional World Football League.[9] The league folded during the 1975 season, and Enright joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1976 as OL coach under new head coach Monte Clark, a college teammate.[10][17][18]

Return to high school

Enright later became head coach at Capistrano Valley High School, a public school in Mission Viejo, California. During this time, Enright's old USC alum and friend Marv Marinovich decided to have his son, quarterback Todd Marinovich transfer to Capistrano Valley to play under Enright.[2] Todd, already a highly touted high school player, flourished and broke the all-time Orange County passing record and later the national high school passing record with 9,914 yards, including 2,477 his senior year.[19]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Oregon Webfoots (Pacific-8 Conference) (1972–1973)
1972 Oregon 4–72–5T–6th
1973 Oregon 2–92–5T–5th
Oregon: 6–164–10


  1. McCann, Michael C. (1995). Oregon Ducks Football: 100 Years of Glory. Eugene, OR: McCann Communications Corp. ISBN 0-9648244-7-7.
  2. 1 2 Mike Sager, Todd Marinovich: The Man Who Never Was, Esquire, April 14, 2009, Accessed April 25, 2009.
  3. "Rams sued by ex-lineman". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. October 10, 1959. p. 2.
  4. Newnham, Blaine (February 4, 1972). "Enright plans changes for Oregon football". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 2B.
  5. Cawood, Neil (January 20, 1972). "Enright bids for Duck football job". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B.
  6. Newnham, Blaine (February 4, 1972). "Enright appointed UO football coach". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1A.
  7. "Oregon names Dick Enright as head coach". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. South Carolina. Associated Press. February 5, 1972. p. A6.
  8. 1 2 Cawood, Neil (January 4, 1974). "Enright sacked, shocked". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1D.
  9. 1 2 Newnham, Blaine (April 9, 1974). "Enright joins WFL club's staff". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1C.
  10. 1 2 UO Head Coach Dick Enright, University of Oregon: Special Collections & University Archives, Accessed April 25, 2009.
  11. "UO fires Dick Enright; assistant to take over". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. January 4, 1974. p. 1A.
  12. "Oregon fires Enright, hires assistant". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. Associated Press. January 4, 1974. p. 8.
  13. 1 2 "Daisy Ducks for Big 'O'". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. August 27, 1972. p. 1F.
  14. Matheson, Joe (November 17, 1972). "Wishful thinking by the Daisy Ducks". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (photo). p. 1D.
  15. McHolick, Joyce (January 8, 1974). "Read hopes Daisy Ducks continue support". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 11A.
  16. Tess McBride, Daisy Duck, Oregon Daily Emerald, September 26, 2006, Accessed April 25, 2009.
  17. "49ers Clarke hires assistants". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. January 27, 1976. p. 9A.
  18. Oregon, Helmet Hut, Accessed April 25, 2009.
  19. Douglas S. Looney, Bred To Be A Superstar, Sports Illustrated, February 22, 1988, Accessed April 25, 2009.
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