Jan Quarless

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Jan Quarless
Sport(s) Football
Playing career
1970–1972 Northern Michigan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1982 Southern Illinois (assistant)
1983–1985 Bowling Green (assistant)
1986–1987 Kansas (OL)
1988–1989 Northwestern (assistant)
1990–1991 New Mexico (OC)
1992 Eastern Michigan (OL)
1992 Eastern Michigan (interim HC)
1993–1994 Wake Forest (TE/ST)
1995–1996 Wake Forest (OC/OL)
1997–2000 Southern Illinois
2005 Rhein Fire (OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 15–36

Jan Quarless (born c. 1950) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Eastern Michigan University in 1992 and at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1997 to 2000, compiling a career college football record of 15–36. Quarless is the superintendent of schools in Dollar Bay, Michigan.[1] He was selected to the Northern Michigan University and Upper Michigan Sports Halls of Fame.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

Quarless played for Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan from 1970 to 1972 seasons and was team captain his senior year.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Eastern Michigan[edit]

Quarless took his first head coaching position as the head coach of the Eastern Michigan Eagles for the 1992 football season.[3] Quarless took over mid-season as coach at Eastern after the first four games were coached by Jim Harkema, who resigned mid-season after ten years as head coach.[4] Quarless's team produced a record of 1 win and 6 losses.[5] The lone victory was a 7–6 home game against Ohio University.[6]

Southern Illinois[edit]

Quarless was the 19th head football coach for the Southern Illinois Salukis in Carbondale, Illinois and he held that position for four seasons, from 1997 until 2000. His overall coaching record at SIU was 14 wins, 30 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him tenth at SIU in terms of total wins and 14th at SIU in terms of winning percentage. [7]

Assistant coaching[edit]

Quarless had several tenures as assistant coach for several collegiate programs, including Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green,[8] Kansas,[9] and Wake Forest.[10]


  1. ^ Dollar Bay / Tamarack City Area Schools "Administration 2008-2009" (photograph)
  2. ^ Northern Michigan University Football Year by Year Results
  3. ^ Eastern Michigan Eagles 2009 Football Media Guide
  4. ^ NCAA News "NCAA Record" October 12, 1992, page 13
  5. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision: Eastern Michigan University Directory". The Sports Network. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Eastern Michigan 1992 results
  7. ^ Southern Illinois Coaching Records
  8. ^ The Courier "Transactions" Mar 31, 1983
  9. ^ Lawrence Journal-World "Budde to take over as Kansas starting Center" by Gary Bedore, August 18, 1987
  10. ^ Wake Forest Sports "Demon Deacon Fortunes Looking Up in 1997" August 1, 1997

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