Former OSU Lineman, Assistant Coach Rich Koeper Passes Away

March 13, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Former Oregon State offensive lineman and assistant coach Rich Koeper has passed away. He was 66.

Koeper starred for Oregon State from 1962-1965 and played in the 1962 Liberty Bowl, the 1964 Hula Bowl and was a member of Oregon State's last Rose Bowl team in 1965. He was named a Second-Team All-American by the Associated Press his senior year.

He was also selected an All-Pac-8 pick as a senior and first team All-Coast as a sophomore.

Koeper also played professionally with the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL and with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

A native of Redwood City, Calif., he later served as a full-time assistant coach with the Beavers from 1973-75 under head coach Dee Andros.

Koeper was a 1991 inductee into the Oregon State Hall of Fame.

Memorial arrangements are pending.

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