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Former Harvard coach Restic, 85, dies

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Former Harvard head football coach Joe Restic died Thursday at Brigham & Women's Hospital, the Ivy League university announced Saturday. He was 85.

Restic was Harvard's head coach for 23 seasons from 1971-93, leading the Crimson to five Ivy League championships and a 117-97-6 record.

He served as president of the American Football Coaches Association in 1988 and was an assistant coach at both Brown and Colgate.

He also led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to six Grey Cup appearances in the Canadian Football League.

As an athlete, Restic played professional baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization and was a wide receiver and defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1952-53.

Restic, born July 21, 1926 in Emeigh Run, Pa., is survived by four children, Kathleen A. Restic and her husband Robert Brown of Groton, Mass., Joseph W. Restic and his wife Susan (Schaumburg) Restic of Lake Oswego, Ore., Suzan R. and her husband Lou Milione of Gainesville, Va., and David L. Restic and his wife Jaime (McGadden) Restic of Milford, Mass.

He also is survived by one sister, Agnes Mancuso of Ohio.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marian "Bea" (Biedinger) Restic, in 2008, and by four brothers and four sisters.

A funeral mass will be held Dec. 13 in Milford.

12/10 17:18:05 ET