April 5, 1929|
|Died||December 26, 2000
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1959–1964||Florida State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
John Coatta (April 5, 1929 – December 26, 2000) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the Wisconsin Badgers from 1967 to 1969 and at Mankato State College, now Minnesota State University, Mankato, from 1970 to 1975, compiling a career college football record of 38–50–3. Coatta played quarterback at Wisconsin from 1949 to 1951 and in 1950, he set the Big Ten Conference season pass completion percentage record (64.2%), a mark that he held until 1976.
In 1959, Coatta left private business in Madison, Wisconsin to accept an assistant football coaching job at Florida State University under Perry Moss and subsequently Bill Peterson. From 1959 to 1964, he coached a number of positions at the school. He then returned to Wisconsin as an assistant coach under Milt Bruhn for two seasons after which he was promoted to head coach.
During his head coaching tenure at Wisconsin, Coatta compiled a 3–26–1 (.117) record. He set an NCAA record for most consecutive games without a win to begin a career with 23. Coatta did not win a game in his first two seasons. His three wins came in 1969 against Iowa, 23–17, Indiana, 36–34, and Illinois, 53–14. Allegedly, the Badgers passed on future Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler when they hired Coatta. Schembechler was the head coach at Miami University at the time.
After Minnesota State temporarily dropped football after the 1975 season, Coatta joined the staff of Cal Stoll at the University of Minnesota as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1977 to 1978. He later scouted for the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.
Head coaching record
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1967–1969)|
|Mankato State Mavericks (North Central Conference) (1970–1975)|
- "Minnesota State Mavericks football media guide". Minnesota State University, Mankato. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
- "1968 Badgers football facts". University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
- Oliver E. Kuechle and Jim Mott, On Wisconsin: Badger Football (Huntsville, Alabama: Strode Publishers, 1977), 215.