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Former VMI football coach Thalman, 89, passes

Lexington, VA (Sports Network) - Former VMI football coach Bob Thalman died at age 89 on Tuesday in Atlanta from the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

Thalman was VMI's longest-tenured head coach, compiling a 54-93-3 record in 14 seasons from 1971-84.

A Wheeling, W.Va., native, Thalman led VMI to Southern Conference titles in 1974 and 1977. The Keydets haven't won a SoCon crown since then and his 6-3 squad in 1981 is their most recent winning squad.

Thalman also coached at Hampden-Sydney, North Carolina and Georgia Tech during a 38-year career.

He is survived by Mary Thalman, his wife of 62 years, four children and 10 grandchildren.

The Roanoke Times first reported Thalman's passing on Friday.

02/03 13:12:13 ET

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