Ted Karras Jr.

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Ted Karras Jr.
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1964-12-10) December 10, 1964 (age 52)
Gary, Indiana
Playing career
1983–1986 Northwestern
1987 Washington Redskins
Position(s) Defensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989 Kankakee Valley HS (IN) (DL)
1991 Minnesota (GA)
1992 Northern Illinois (GA/DL)
1993–1994 Lake Forest (DC)
1995 St. Francis (IL) (DL)
1996–1998 Andrean HS (IN)
1999–2002 Saint Xavier (OC)
2003–2005 Rose-Hulman
2007–2012 Marian (IN)
2013–2016 Walsh
Head coaching record
Overall 72–72 (college)
Tournaments 7–2 (NAIA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 NAIA National (2012)
2 MSFA (Mideast) (2011–2012)

Theodore George "Ted" Karras Jr. (born December 10, 1964) is an American football coach and former player. He was most recently head football coach at Walsh University, a position he held from December 2012 to November 2016. Previously, Karras served as the first head football coach at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He held that position from the program's inception in 2007 through the 2012 season in which Marian won the NAIA Football National Championship. Karras played college football as a defensive tackle at Northwestern University from 1983 to 1986 and for one year (1987) in the National Football League (NFL) with the Washington Redskins. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the head football coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His father, Ted Karras Sr., played for the Chicago Bears in the 1960s. His uncles also played in the NFL: Alex Karras for the Detroit Lions and Lou Karras for the Washington Redskins.

Coaching career[edit]

Karras was a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota in 1991 and at Northern Illinois University in 1992. He then worked as a defensive coordinator at Lake Forest College from 1993 to 1994 and as a defensive line coach at the University of St. Francis in 1995. In 1996, Karras became the head football coach for Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana, and took his team to the state championship, where they lost to Bishop Chatard High School of Indianapolis. In 1999, Karras moved on to Saint Xavier University in Chicago as offensive coordinator. After four years at Saint Xavier, Karras moved to Terre Haute, Indiana to become head football coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. In 2006, Karras took the job of coaching the inaugural football team at Marian University.[1]

In the football program's sixth year of play in 2012, Karras led the Knights to the 2012 NAIA Football National Championship, where they won 30–27 in overtime.[2] After the 2012 football season, Karras left Marian to become the second head football coach in Walsh University's school history, replacing Jim Dennison.[3][4] Walsh, located in North Canton, Ohio, formally introduced Karras as the Cavaliers' new head coach on December 21, 2012.[5] At the end of the 2016 season, in which the Cavaliers compiled a 1–10 record, the worst in program history, Walsh University announced that Karras would no longer be coaching the team.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NAIA Coaches'#
Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2003–2005)
2003 Rose-Hulman 5–5 3–3 T–4th
2004 Rose-Hulman 4–6 1–5 T–6th
2005 Rose-Hulman 5–5 2–4 5th
Rose-Hulman: 14–16 6–12
Marian Knights (Mid-States Football Association) (2007–2012)
2007 Marian 1–9 1–6 7th (Mideast)
2008 Marian 7–4 2–4 5th (Mideast)
2009 Marian 6–5 3–4 5th (Mideast)
2010 Marian 10–3 5–2 3rd (Mideast) L NAIA Quarterfinal 6
2011 Marian 12–1 5–0 1st (Mideast) L NAIA Semifinal 3
2012 Marian 12–1 4–1 T–1st (Mideast) W NAIA Championship 5
Marian: 48–23 20–17
Walsh Cavaliers (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2013–2016)
2013 Walsh 3–8 3–6 T–4th (South)
2014 Walsh 4–7 3–7 T–5th (South)
2015 Walsh 2–8 2–8 T–5th (South)
2016 Walsh 1–10 0–10 5th (South)
Walsh: 10–33 8–31
Total: 72–72
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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