The wife of former West Virginia University football coach Don Nehlen died January 28.
Merry Ann Nehlen died Monday evening after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a report from West Virginia University.
Don Nehlen, in his autobiography “I’m Nobody Special,” wrote that he and Merry Ann grew up in Canton, Ohio, and had known each other since the third grade.
Although she was born and raised in Ohio, Merry Ann quickly adopted West Virginia once Don Nehlen was hired to replace Frank Cignetti in 1979.
During Don Nehlen’s introductory press conference, Merry Ann was asked about her husband’s decision to take over a football program coming off four consecutive losing seasons and regarded by some as a graveyard for football coaches.
“I had the feeling that the moment I got off that airplane that I was a West Virginian,” she replied.
And she remained a West Virginian for the rest of her life.
Merry Ann Nehlen was 82 years old.