Southern Connecticut coach Rich Cavanaugh
Cavanaugh
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Southern Connecticut State's Rich Cavanaugh has announced his retirement after 29 seasons as head football coach.

Cavanaugh finishes with 170 wins, the most in school history.

He led his program to 19 winning seasons, shares of three Northeast-10 Conference titles, and four consecutive NCAA championship appearances between 2005 and '08.

He also coached four players who went on to careers in the NFL: offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi; tight end Travis Tucker and defensive ends Jacques Cesaire and Scott Mersereau.

The Owls finished this season 3-8.

The school says it will immediately begin a national search for his successor.