Todd Stanish Obituary, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Former University of Miami Running Back Dies At 59

Todd Stanish Obituary, Death – Todd Albert Stanish, 59, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 after a brief illness. He was a University of Miami running back. Todd was a part of the 1983 national championship team. Albert “Noonie” Stanish, a prominent Alliance High School offensive lineman, was his father.

Stanish was a backup running back and special teams player for the University of Miami from 1982 to 1985. He was a member of the national championship team in 1983. In their hometown of Alliance, Ohio, the Stanish family was well-known. At Alliance High School, Albert “Noonie” Stanish played offensive guard with future Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson. Todd Stanish set records as a junior and senior running back at Marlington High School in the city, rushing for over 2,700 yards and scoring over 40 touchdowns.

Stanish was named to the third team of the All-State team and was put into his school’s Hall of Fame. Stanish drew recruiters from a variety of universities. Christ Vagotis, a University of Miami assistant coach at the time, had a niece who went to Marlington High School. Stanish was selected to the Ohio North-South All-Star Game for his stellar high school career. Bernie Kosar of Boardman High School was one of his colleagues. Six months later, at the University of Miami, Kosar and Stanish became teammates and roommates. They remained lifelong friends.

Stanish worked as a bank examiner in Fort Lauderdale for 32 years after graduating from college. Stanish has been dealing with health issues in recent years.
He was given a fresh lease on life in 2016 after receiving a liver transplant. Stanish was a loyal Cane till the end. He continued to attend UM football games and alumni meetings even after his playing days were over. Kosar reported the loss of an old friend on Instagram on April 12th. Todd Stanish passed away at the age of 59.