December 10, 1964 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Kankakee Valley HS (IN) (DL)
Northern Illinois (GA/DL)
Lake Forest (DC)
St. Francis (IL) (DL)
Andrean HS (IN)
Saint Xavier (OC)
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||7–2 (NAIA playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Theodore George "Ted" Karras, Jr. (born December 10, 1964) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Walsh University, a position he assumed in December 2012. Previously, Karras served as the first head football coach at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He held that position from the program's inception in 2007 through the 2012 season in which Marian won the NAIA Football National Championship. Karras played college football as a defensive tackle at Northwestern University from 1983 to 1986 and for one year (1987) in the National Football League (NFL) with the Washington Redskins. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the head football coach at Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology. His father, Theodore Karras, played for the Chicago Bears in the 1960s. His uncles also played in the NFL: Alex Karras for the Detroit Lions and Lou Karras for the Washington Redskins.
Karras was a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota in 1991 and at Northern Illinois University in 1992. He then worked as a defensive coordinator at Lake Forest College from 1993 to 1994 and as a defensive line coach at the University of St. Francis in 1995. In 1996, Karras became the head football coach for Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana, and took his team to the state championship, where they lost to Bishop Chatard High School of Indianapolis. In 1999, Karras moved on to Saint Xavier University in Chicago as offensive coordinator. After four years at Saint Xavier, Karras moved to Terre Haute, Indiana to become head football coach at Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology. In 2006, Karras took the job of coaching the inaugural football team at Marian University.
In the football program's sixth year of play in 2012, Karras led the Knights to the 2012 NAIA Football National Championship, where they won 30–27 in overtime. After the 2012 football season, Karras left Marian to become the second head football coach in Walsh University's school history, replacing Jim Dennison. Walsh, located in North Canton, Ohio, formally introduced Karras as the Cavaliers' new head coach on December 21, 2012.
Head coaching record
|Rose–Hulman Fightin' Engineers (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2003–2005)|
|Marian Knights (Mid-States Football Association) (2007–2012)|
|2010||Marian||10–3||5–2||3rd (Mideast)||L NAIA Quarterfinal||6|
|2011||Marian||12–1||5–0||1st (Mideast)||L NAIA Semifinal||3|
|2012||Marian||12–1||4–1||T–1st (Mideast)||W NAIA Championship||5|
|Walsh Cavaliers (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2013–present)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final NAIA Coaches' Poll.|
- AP (February 13, 2006). "Marian Names Ted Karras Jr. Football Coach; School will make its football debut in 2007". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- "Walsh Names Ted Karras Jr. Football Coach". Walsh University. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.