WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Typical of Dick Farley when he was informed of this huge honor he said, "Well, there must be some pretty big names on that list and I know there are a lot of folks that got left off the list so it's nice to be on the list."
The list of 150 best football coaches was compiled by a blue ribbon panel organized by ESPN. The ESPN posting noted, "The group of 150 voters is made up of influential figures and minds from across college football, including current and former writers, broadcasters, administrators, sports information directors and ESPN personalities. See complete blue ribbon panel here: https://es.pn/36nSYvs
Dick Farley sits at number 138 on the list and he never coached anywhere but Williams College and in NCAA DIII. Farley was the first Williams coach to post a perfect season (no losses and no ties) when his Ephs went 8-0-0 in 1989. He then proceeded to notch four more perfect seasons.
Farley served as an assistant coach at Williams in football for 15 years before he was elevated to head coach, where he coached the Ephs for 17 years. While he was an assistant football coach Farley also served as the head coach of first Eph men's track and field and later men's and women's track and field both indoors and out. When he was named the head football coach he did not coach track in the winter, but assisted in the spring.
Three games into the first year of his 17-year run as the Eph head coach no one would have predicted that Dick Farley would record one perfect season or would eventually be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, because his first Eph team lost their first three games. The 1987 Ephs bounced back though to finish 4-4.
Farley notched six seasons without a loss going 7-0-1 in 1995 to accompany his five spotless seasons. Six times he lost one game in a season, three times he lost two games and once he lost three games, and he lost four games in his first season and his career record topped out at 114-19-3 (.849).
Against arch rival Amherst Farley went his first 13 games without a loss (12-0-1), finishing 14-2-1 versus the Mammoths and he went 15-2 versus Wesleyan and claimed 11 outright Little Three titles.
Farley was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.