Clark Van Galder

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Clark Van Galder
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Biographical details
Born(1909-02-06)February 6, 1909
Janesville, Wisconsin
DiedNovember 16, 1965(1965-11-16) (aged 56)
Madison, Wisconsin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1932–1937South Milwaukee HS (WI)
1938–1947Washington Park HS (WI)
1948–1951La Crosse State Teachers
1952–1958Fresno State
1959–1965Wisconsin (assistant)
1948–1952La Crosse State Teachers
1953–1954Fresno State
Head coaching record
Overall77–27–3 (college football)
Accomplishments and honors
3 Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference (1949–1951)
2 CCAA (1954, 1958)

Clark Van Galder (February 6, 1909 – November 16, 1965) was an American football, basketball player, track athlete, and coach. He served as the head football coach at La Crosse State Teachers, now University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, from 1948 to 1951 and at Fresno State College, now California State University, Fresno, from 1952 to 1958, compiling a career college football record of 77–27–3. Van Galder died on November 16, 1965 after collapsing at a banquet in Madison, Wisconsin. He had five sons, the fourth of which, Tim, played football as a quarterback at Iowa State University and then in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and St. Louis Cardinals.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
La Crosse State Teachers Eagles (Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference) (1948–1951)
1948 La Crosse State Teachers 7–1–1 5–1–1 2nd
1949 La Crosse State Teachers 7–2 6–1 1st
1950 La Crosse State Teachers 10–0 6–0 T–1st W Cigar
1951 La Crosse State Teachers 7–2 6–0 1st
La Crosse State Teachers: 31–5–1 23–2–1
Fresno State Bulldogs (Independent) (1952)
1952 Fresno State 8–2
Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1953–1958)
1953 Fresno State 4–4–2 2–2–1 3rd
1954 Fresno State 7–3 4–0 1st
1955 Fresno State 9–1 2–0 1st
1956 Fresno State 8–2 2–0 1st
1957 Fresno State 5–5 1–1 2nd
1958 Fresno State 5–5 4–1 1st
Fresno State: 46–22–2 15–4–1
Total: 77–27–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Van Galder Dad Dies". Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. November 17, 1965. Retrieved June 18, 2011.