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The Detroit News
Pat Riepma

Pat Riepma, head football coach and athletic director at Northwood University, died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 54, the Midland, Michigan, school announced.

Riepma is the school's all-time leader in coaching victories, with 95, in a career that covered 16 seasons.

Riepma was head coach of the Timberwolves from 1993-2007. During that time Northwood won three GLIAC championships and reached the NCAA Division II playoffs four times. Riepma was also named GLIAC coach of the year four times.

He resigned as football coach but stayed on as AD, then returned to head coaching duties in 2013.

Riepma was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007, but said he was cancer-free upon his return to coaching in 2013.

Riepma graduated from Hillsdale College in 1982 and was a starting quarterback for the Chargers. He was elected to the Hillsdale College Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned his masters degree from Central Michigan in 1986.

The Midland Daily News said Riepma is survived by his wife, Sherri, and three sons — Zachery, Jake and Josh.

Northwood said information regarding visitation and the funeral would be announced later.