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tony hipchest
01-01-2007, 02:10 PM
the running backs coach has spent 45 years with the steelers, and coached alot of good backs and has a total of 5 super bowl rings.

just heard on sirius that a press conference is scheduled for later for the announcement.

i cant help but to be a little bummed about the end of an era.

83-Steelers-43
01-01-2007, 02:26 PM
Steelers running back coach Hoak to retire
Monday, January 01, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dick Hoak, who spent 45 years as a Steelers player and an assistant coach, will retire on Tuesday.

Hoak, 67, was a running back with the Steelers from 1961 through 1970. Chuck Noll hired him to coach his running backs in 1971 and he has remained in that job ever since. He was the only coach from Noll's staff that Bill Cowher kept when he became the new Steelers coach in 1992.

Hoak, a native of Jeannette, played quarterback and running back at Penn State.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07001/750538-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
01-01-2007, 02:28 PM
Have a great retirement Dick. You deserve it.

clevestinks
01-01-2007, 02:34 PM
I wonder if he was just sticking around with Cowher?

I bring up Hoaks name all the time here, he is Mr.Steelers to me. Most coaches dont get the oppurtunity to stay with a team after a HC change, and he stayed through 4

PisnNapalm
01-01-2007, 02:38 PM
I gotta say this saddens me quite a bit. Whoever takes over that roll has very very large shoes to fill.

I wish Dick the best in his retirement. Thanks for all the years. You'll be missed.

Stlrs4Life
01-01-2007, 02:56 PM
Best of luck Coach Hoak, a legend as a coach and player for the Steelers. His daughter went to OSU with a buddy of mine got to meet him at there graduation. A real nice guy too.

Atlanta Dan
01-01-2007, 02:57 PM
Good luck to Coach Hoak - as further confirmation of how old I am, I saw him play as a Steeler at Pitt Stadium. His career as RB coach since the 70s is another indication of the consistency and loyalty that makes the Steelers such a great franchise.

And having 5 SB rings puts Coach Hoak in a select group. With regard to that distinction, as Bum Phillips said about Earl Campbell, he may not be in a class of his own but it does not take long to call the roll.

Not that we need further indications, but this is further evidence we are getting a new HC.

I just hope Cowher does not string this out for several weeks.

Black@Gold Forever32
01-01-2007, 04:11 PM
Its going to be weird not having Dick Hoak as our RB's coach next year. Hoak along with the Bus played a part in the development of Willie Parker.

MJ5150
01-01-2007, 10:27 PM
Man, I feel like crying. :crying02:

-Mike

nicesteel4life
01-01-2007, 11:32 PM
Best Wishes and going to be missed...Thanks! for the memories

fansince'76
01-02-2007, 01:12 AM
Best Wishes and going to be missed...Thanks! for the memories

I second that - enjoy your retirement, Mr. Hoak.

Elvis
01-02-2007, 08:02 AM
Best Wishes and going to be missed...Thanks! for the memories

:thumbsup: Couldnt have said it better myself...
He will truly be missed and as bad as I hate it , it probably means the end of Bill Cowher as well... I love both guys and wish them all the luck in the world...:wave:

HometownGal
01-02-2007, 09:13 AM
This saddens me, as Dick has been a Steeler for over 4 decades, but I wish he and his family the very best life has to offer in retirement! Many younger Steelers fans don't realize the impact his contributions have made over the years and what a well-respected man and coach he is around the league. Thank you Dick - we're going to miss you! :cheers:

klick81
01-02-2007, 10:41 AM
Geez...it seems like there's gonna be a whole new generation of coaches and assistants brought in. Not sure how i feel about that :/

memphissteelergirl
01-02-2007, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the great job, Coach! You will be missed!

SteelShooter
01-02-2007, 01:05 PM
Farewell old friend..........although your parting is sad for those left behind, you have more than deserved this.

Stillers#1
01-02-2007, 01:08 PM
This is truly an end to an era, and yes whoever takes his spot has HUGE shoes to fill. Think there is any chance we see a Coach Bettis?

SteelShooter
01-02-2007, 01:37 PM
This is truly an end to an era, and yes whoever takes his spot has HUGE shoes to fill. Think there is any chance we see a Coach Bettis?

:thumbsup: Wow! What a thought................awesome thinking Stillers!!!!!! :jammin:

Stillers#1
01-02-2007, 04:06 PM
:thumbsup: Wow! What a thought................awesome thinking Stillers!!!!!! :jammin:

Hell this may deserve it's own thread.

Elvis
01-02-2007, 04:12 PM
Geez...it seems like there's gonna be a whole new generation of coaches and assistants brought in. Not sure how i feel about that :/

Kind of scary to think of all the changes isnt it? Especially when we have such a talented team and such a bright future.. I just hope that whoever the new guy is that he plays the same kind of smash mouth football that Cowher kept here for the past 15 years...:wave:

PisnNapalm
01-02-2007, 09:51 PM
I just watched his retirement announcement at the KDKA website. http://kdka.com/video

He's a helluva guy. We're lucky to have had him for so long.

EDIT:: I watched some of it again. Dick knows so much about rb's. I sure hope the guy replacing him knows half as much.