Akron Zips Jim Dennison Era

 

In 1973, the Zips promoted long-time assistant, Jim Dennison to replace the retired Larson. Under Dennison's tutelage, the Zips transitioned from NCAA Division II to Division I-AA and posted a 80–62–2 record that included nine winning seasons in Dennison's thirteen. Despite these successes, Dennison was fired as head coach after the 1985 season.

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