The University of Rochester announced today that former Syracuse quarterback and coach Pat Stark passed away. He was 90 years old.
Stark was a two-year letterman for the Orange, throwing for 19 total touchdowns, and was named an All-American in 1952 and 1953. He also was honored as a member of the Red Grange All-American team in 1953. In his senior season, he directed Syracuse to the Orange Bowl, where SU faced Alabama. Stark also played for the Syracuse basketball team during his junior year.
After graduating, Stark was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 1954 NFL Draft. However, he chose to join the military instead. After his term of service, Stark joined the Syracuse coaching staff. He was an assistant coach of the 1959 national champion Orange team, led by Ben Schwartzwalder. Stark then coached for the University of Rhode Island and the University of Rochester.
Syracuse awarded Stark the Letterwinner of Distinction honor in 1991, and inducted Stark into the athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also selected as a member of the Syracuse centennial football team.