B-CU Mourns Passing Of Former Coach, Mayor Bud Asher
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Bethune-Cookman University Department of Athletics joined the city of Daytona Beach and football community in both celebrating the life and mourning the passing of Baron “Bud” Asher, the former Daytona Beach Mayor and football coaching icon who died Friday, July 5.
Asher had a stint as an assistant coach for the Wildcats under Jack ”Cy” McClairen, and always remained close to the Bethune-Cookman football program. TheJacksonville Sharks team that he coached in the World Football League featured several Wildcats on the roster, most notably Alfred Haywood, Edgar Scott and Alvin Wyatt. Coincidentally, it was Wyatt who scored the league’s first touchdown on a punt return to lead the Sharks to a 14-7 victory over the New York Stars.
In the years after his retirement from public service, Asher still frequently attended Wildcat games and contributed his expertise to help Bethune-Cookman maintain its vitality in the Daytona Beach area.
“For over 40 years, Bud Asher was a part of the Bethune-Cookman family in a variety of roles, ranging from football coach, consultant, civil servant and advisor to many of our Presidents,” said B-CU Director of Athletics Lynn W. Thompson. “He was my friend, and a man who created educational opportunities for young athletes in all the communities he served. His life is a shining example of what community service is all about. Our prayers go out to his wife, Dawn, his son,Ron, and the entire Asher family.”