John Jardine (American football)

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John Jardine
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1935-07-20)July 20, 1935
Died March 23, 1990(1990-03-23) (aged 54)
Madison, Wisconsin
Playing career
1955–1957 Purdue
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1958 Lafayette CCHS (IN) (assistant)
1959–1963 Fenwick HS (IL)
1964 Purdue (OL)
1965–1969 UCLA (OL/TE)
1970–1977 Wisconsin
Head coaching record
Overall 37–47–3 (college)
51–6–1 (high school)

John Jardine (July 20, 1935 – March 23, 1990) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1970 to 1977, compiling a record of 37–47–3. Jardine's best season came in 1974, when his Wisconsin Badgers went 7–4 and placed fourth in the Big Ten Conference. Noteworthy was the Badgers' 21-20 victory over the perennial powerhouse Nebraska Cornhuskers during the second week of the season.

Jardine was a graduate of Purdue University where he was a starting offensive guard in 1956 and 1957. He began his coaching career at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Indiana in 1958, then moved to the head coaching job at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. Jardine's five teams at Fenwick produced an overall 51–6–1 record and the Friars played in the Chicago Catholic League title game in 1959, 1961, and 1962. His 1962 squad was undefeated, winning the Chicago city title.

Jardine left the prep ranks following the 1963 season, returning to Purdue as an offensive line coach under Jack Mollenkopf. He coached the guards and centers and recruited the Chicago area. He then served as offensive line coach under Tommy Prothro at UCLA from 1965 to 1969.

Jardine became Wisconsin's head football coach on December 22, 1969 after North Dakota State athletic director and head football coach Ron Erhardt declined a firm offer to accept the position.[1]

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under John Jardine who became NCAA head coaches:

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1970–1977)
1970 Wisconsin 4–5–1 3–4 T–5th
1971 Wisconsin 4–6–1 3–5 T–6th
1972 Wisconsin 4–7 2–6 9th
1973 Wisconsin 4–7 3–5 8th
1974 Wisconsin 7–4 5–3 4th
1975 Wisconsin 4–6–1 3–4–1 6th
1976 Wisconsin 5–6 3–5 T–7th
1977 Wisconsin 5–6 3–6 8th
Wisconsin: 37–47–3 25–38–1
Total: 37–47–3


  1. ^ "John Jardine, U.C.L.A. Assistant, Is Named Head Football Coach at Wisconsin". The New York Times. December 23, 1969. p. 38.