Nick Mourouzis guided the DePauw football program for 23 seasons. He took the head coaching job in 1981 and led the Tigers to a 138-87-4 record before retiring at the end of the 2003 season. The professor of kinesiology was selected by the graduating class of 2004 to be its commencement speaker. Before joining DePauw, Mourouzis was an assistant coach at Northwestern, Indiana, Ball State and Ohio universities. He was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 after leading the Tigers to a three-way share of the conference title. Mourouzis was named the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1990.
In February 2001, Mourouzis earned the Distinguished American Award from the central Indiana chapter of the National Football Foundation for his lifetime commitment to football and for making significant contributions toward bettering amateur football in the United States. In 2003 he was inducted into Miami University of Ohio's Cradle of Coaches, joining legendary coaches such as Paul Brown, Ara Parseghian, Bill Mallory and Woody Hayes. Additionally, he received the Mayor's Proclamation Key to the City (Indianapolis) and the Governor's Award, Sagamore of the Wabash, in 2003. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Coach Nick is also the founder of Chi Alpha Sigma, the nation's first collegiate scholar-athlete honor society, which is represented at more than 96 colleges and universities in 32 states. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1959 and earned a master's degree in physical education from Ohio University in 1961 and a director's degree from Indiana University in 1971. He and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Greencastle, Ind.