NORMAL — Charlie Cowdrey, who was head football coach at Illinois State from 1977-80, died on Tuesday at his home in Winfield, Kan., after suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 77.
Cowdrey compiled a four-year record at ISU of 12-31-1.
Prior to coming to ISU, Cowdrey spent eight seasons as assistant coach at Missouri. Cowdrey went to Drake as an assistant after leaving ISU before compiling a 59-34-1 record in nine seasons at Southwestern College in Winfield. He then became head coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, from 1993-95.
During his time with the Redbirds, Cowdrey coached Estus Hood, whose No. 8 is one of three retired by the school. Hood played seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
Cowdrey graduated from Northwest Missouri State in 1957 and received a master’s degree from Missouri in 1964.
Cowdrey’s son, Bruce, coached the new-defunct af2 and IFL Peoria Pirates to championships in 2000 and 2002. Bruce Cowdrey still lives in central Illinois.