George Makris

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George Makris
George Makris.jpg
Makris pictured in Templar 1968, Temple yerbook
Sport(s) College football
Biographical details
Born (1920-08-29)August 29, 1920
Died October 16, 2005(2005-10-16) (aged 85)
Medford Lakes, New Jersey
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1969 Temple
Head coaching record
Overall 45–44–4

George Makris (August 29, 1920 – October 16, 2005) was the 18th head college football coach for the Temple University Owls located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] He came to Temple after coaching the Bolling AFB team where he was highly successful. He took over from Pete Stevens who was winless in his last season. He held that position for ten seasons, from 1960 until 1969. His overall coaching record at Temple was 45 wins, 44 losses, and 4 ties. This ranks him third at Temple in terms of total wins and eighth at Temple in terms of winning percentage. [2]

Makris coached Bill Cosby during his tenure at Temple, a fact that is alluded to in Cosby's skit "Hofstra" on the 1965 comedy album Why Is There Air?

He played at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a guard. He died in 2005 at his home in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.[3]


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