John Gagliardi

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John Gagliardi
Sport(s) Football, ice hockey
Biographical details
Born (1926-11-01) November 1, 1926 (age 87)
Trinidad, Colorado
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1949–1952
1953–2012

Ice hockey
1954–1959

Carroll (MT)
Saint John's (MN)


Saint John's (MN)
Head coaching record
Overall 489–138–11 (college football)
42–25–1 (ice hockey)
Bowls 1–0
Tournaments 4–1 (NAIA playoffs)
34–18 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 NAIA National (1963, 1965)
2 NCAA Division III National (1976, 2003)
3 Montana Collegiate Conference (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)
Awards
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2009)
Records
Most wins in college football history (489)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006 (profile)

John Gagliardi (/ɡəˈlɑrdi/ gə-LAR-dee; born November 1, 1926) is a former 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 National Football Championship in 1963 and 1965, and the NCAA Division III National Football Championship in 1976 and 2003. Gagliardi was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Early life[edit]

Born to Ventura and Antonietta Gagliardi, John Gagliardi 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. 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.

College coaching career[edit]

At the age of 22, with six years of high school coaching, Gagliardi was hired at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. In four seasons as head coach at Carroll, Gagliardi compiled a 24–6–1 record, winning three Montana Collegiate Conference championships. After the 1952 season, Gagliardi left Carroll for the Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

In 60 seasons coaching the Saint John's Johnnies, Gagliardi won a school and conference record 27 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) titles and four national championships: in 1963 (at the Camellia Bowl), 1965, 1976, and 2003. His record at Saint John's was 465–132–10, bringing his career college football mark to 489–138–11.

On November 8, 2003, Gagliardi broke the record for career coaching wins with his 409th victory, passing Grambling State's Eddie Robinson. The 13,107 fans who witnessed the victory over Bethel at Saint John's Clemens Stadium were the largest crowd in NCAA Division III history. The win also gave Saint John's its 23rd MIAC championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Johnnies went on to win the national championship with a 24–6 victory over Mount Union.

In 1993, Jostens and the J Club of St. John's University began awarding the Gagliardi Trophy annually to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division III. On August 11, 2006, Gagliardi and Florida State's Bobby Bowden became the first active head coaches to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. (Nevada's Chris Ault had been inducted in 2002 and returned to coaching two years later.)

Gagliardi is known for his unique coaching approach, which he called "Winning with No's." He instructed his players not to call him "coach", did not use a whistle or blocking sleds, prohibited tackling in practices, did not require his players to lift weights, and limited his team practices to 90 minutes.[1]

After a disappointing 8–8 conference record over two seasons in 2011 and 2012, Gagliardi announced his retirement from coaching on November 19, 2012.[2]

Awards[edit]

In 2003, Gagliardi received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award from the United States Sports Academy.

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Carroll Fighting Saints (Montana Collegiate Conference) (1949–1952)
1949 Carroll 5–1
1950 Carroll 5–2 1st
1951 Carroll 6–1–1 1st
1952 Carroll 8–2 1st
Carroll: 24–6–1
Saint John's Johnnies (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1953–2012)
1953 Saint John's 6–2 5–1 T–1st
1954 Saint John's 6–2 4–2 T–3rd
1955 Saint John's 7–2 4–2 T–2nd
1956 Saint John's 3–4–1 3–3–1 5th
1957 Saint John's 5–3 4–3 4th
1958 Saint John's 6–2 6–2 3rd
1959 Saint John's 5–3 4–3 4th
1960 Saint John's 4–3–1 3–3–1 T–5th
1961 Saint John's 6–2 5–2 2nd
1962 Saint John's 9–0 7–0 1st
1963 Saint John's 10–0 7–0 1st W NAIA Championship (Camellia)
1964 Saint John's 4–3 4–3 T–3rd
1965 Saint John's 11–0 7–0 1st W NAIA Championship
1966 Saint John's 4–3–1 3–3–1 5th
1967 Saint John's 3–5 3–4 5th
1968 Saint John's 6–4 4–3 T–3rd
1969 Saint John's 8–1–1 5–1–1 2nd W Mineral Water
1970 Saint John's 6–3 5–2 T–2nd
1971 Saint John's 8–1 6–1 T–1st
1972 Saint John's 7–2 5–2 2nd
1973 Saint John's 4–4 3–4 T–5th
1974 Saint John's 7–2 5–2 T–1st
1975 Saint John's 8–1–1 6–0–1 1st
1976 Saint John's 10–0–1 7–0 1st W NCAA Division III Championship
1977 Saint John's 7–2 7–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1978 Saint John's 6–3 5–3 4th
1979 Saint John's 7–2 6–2 T–1st
1980 Saint John's 5–3 5–3 T–3rd
1981 Saint John's 7–2 6–2 T–2nd
1982 Saint John's 9–1 8–0 1st L NAIA Quarterfinal
1983 Saint John's 7–4 7–2 2nd
1984 Saint John's 6–3 6–3 4th
1985 Saint John's 8–2 8–1 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
1986 Saint John's 4–4–1 4–4–1 5th
1987 Saint John's 8–3 7–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1988 Saint John's 7–2 7–2 3rd
1989 Saint John's 10–1–1 8–0–1 1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1990 Saint John's 7–3 6–3 T–3rd
1991 Saint John's 11–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1992 Saint John's 8–1–1 7–1–1 2nd
1993 Saint John's 12–1 9–0 1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1994 Saint John's 11–2 8–1 1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1995 Saint John's 8–1–1 7–1–1 T–1st
1996 Saint John's 11–1 9–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1997 Saint John's 6–4 6–3 4th
1998 Saint John's 11–1 9–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1999 Saint John's 11–2 8–1 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
2000 Saint John's 13–2 8–1 2nd L NCAA Division III Championship
2001 Saint John's 11–3 8–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
2002 Saint John's 12–2 8–0 1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
2003 Saint John's 14–0 8–0 1st W NCAA Division III Championship
2004 Saint John's 7–3 6–2 T–2nd
2005 Saint John's 11–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
2006 Saint John's 11–2 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
2007 Saint John's 10–2 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division III Second Round
2008 Saint John's 8–3 6–2 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
2009 Saint John's 10–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
2010 Saint John's 7–3 6–2 3rd
2011 Saint John's 6–4 5–3 4th
2012 Saint John's 5–5 3–5 6th
Saint John's: 465–132–10 364–98–9
Total: 489–138–11
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Murphy, Austin (2001). The Sweet Season: A Sportswriter Rediscovers Football, Family, and a Bit of Faith at Minnesota's St. John's University. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-019547-9. 
  • Collison, Jim (2001). No-How Coaching: Strategies for Winning in Sports and Business from the Coach Who Says "No!". Capital Books. ISBN 1-892123-72-X. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Gagliardi". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Dennis Brackin (November 19, 2012). "St. John's coach John Gagliardi retires". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 

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