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Originally published Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

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Former Huskies football assistant coach Dick Heatly dies | NW Briefs

Dick Heatly was an assistant coach for three Washington teams that played in Rose Bowl.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Dick Heatly, an assistant football coach at Washington from 1957-63, died Thursday of complications from Alzheimer's disease in Spartanburg, S.C. He was 83.

Heatly worked under Huskies coach Jim Owens, who had been a teammate at Oklahoma. Heatly was part of a UW staff that led the Huskies into one of their golden eras, winning the Rose Bowl in 1960 and 1961 and advancing to another one following the 1963 season.

The 1960 team has been recognized by UW as one of two to win national titles after going 10-1 and beating Minnesota in the Rose Bowl.

Heatly coached backs (in an era of one-platoon football) and punters. He left UW to become an assistant at Oklahoma and later sold business jet airplanes. He was a jet fighter pilot and served in the Korean War.

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With contributions from sports-information reports.


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