John Gagliardi

John Gagliardi
Sport(s)Football, ice hockey, basketball
Biographical details
Born(1926-11-01)November 1, 1926
Trinidad, Colorado
DiedOctober 7, 2018(2018-10-07) (aged 91)
Collegeville, Minnesota
Alma materColorado College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1949–1952Carroll (MT)
1953–2012Saint John's (MN)
Ice hockey
1954–1959Saint John's (MN)
1949–1953Carroll (MT)
Head coaching record
Overall489–138–11 (college football)
42–25–1 (college ice hockey)
Tournaments4–1 (NAIA playoffs)
34–18 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NAIA (1963, 1965)
2 NCAA Division III (1976, 2003)
3 MCC (1950–1952)
27 MIAC (1953, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1974–1977, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993–1996, 1998, 1999, 2001–2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2009)
Most wins in college football history (489)

John Gagliardi (i/ LAR-dee; November 1, 1926 – October 7, 2018) was an American football coach. He was the head football coach at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, from 1953 until 2012. From 1949 to 1952, he was the head football coach at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. With a career record of 489–138–11, Gagliardi has the most wins of any coach in college football history. His Saint John's Johnnies teams won four national titles: the NAIA Football National Championship in 1963 and 1965, and the NCAA Division III Football Championship in 1976 and 2003. Gagliardi was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.[1]

Early life

John Gagliardi was born to Ventura and Antonietta Gagliardi in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1926.[2] He began coaching football at Trinidad High School in 1943, at the age of 16, when his high school coach was called into service during World War II.[3] He was a player-coach his senior year of high school and continued to coach high school football at St. Mary's High School while obtaining his college degree at Colorado College.[4]

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