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March 24, 1992

Riccio quits Frostburg for St. Lawrence post

Frostburg State University football coach Dennis Riccio announced yesterday that he was leaving the Division III school to become the head coach at perennial Division III football power St. Lawrence University.

Riccio was en route to St. Lawrence, in upstate New York, last night and could not be reached, but his wife, Jan, said: "Dennis has been thinking about a change for a while now. He's going to a strong program where he'll be back into the national championship [Division III] arena. That wouldn't happen here for a while. There is still a lot of unfinished business here and he has a lot of friends here, but it's a move he has to make."

Riccio, 45, guided the Bobcats to an 8-3 record and the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship last season. He is 26-6 in the past three seasons and 32-30 in six seasons at the school. Before coming to Frostburg, Riccio was the defensive coordinator at Augustana (Ill.) College from 1983-86 when the Vikings went unbeaten and won four straight Division III national championships. Under Riccio, Augustana twice led the nation in defense.

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Jurisprudence

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Boxing

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College basketball

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Bowling

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