Phil Krueger, who became part of the first coaching staff in Buccaneers history and later served as Tampa Bay's first general manager, died earlier this week. He was 90.
According to Utah State, Krueger died Monday at his home in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Utah State announced. A cause of death was not divulged for Krueger, who guided offensive backs, linebackers and special teams during his five seasons on the Buccaneers' coaching staff (1976-80).
He then moved to the team's front office and in 1991 became the Buccaneers' first general manager. Prior to that, coaches made player decisions.
Before following former Southern California coach John McKay to the then-expansion Buccaneers, Krueger held many posts within college football. He compiled a 31-22 record as the head coach at Fresno State (1964-65) and Utah State (1973-75). He also served as an assistant coach at Long Beach City College (1960-62), Utah State (1963), USC (1966-70) and Illinois (1971-72).
Krueger is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Kristi and two grandchildren.
--Field Level Media