College Football 2012: John Gagliardi, All-Time Leader in Wins, Retires at 86

John Gagliardi, All-Time Leader in Wins, Retires at 86

11/19/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

John Gagliardi, the NCAA’s winningest head coach in college football history, announced his retirement on Monday after 60 years of leading the helm at Division-III Saint John’s University.Blog Photo - College Football 2012: John Gagliardi, All-Time Leader in Wins, Retires at 86

1390 “The Fan” reports that the 86-year-old’s decision comes after a realization that age has become a factor and that he “can’t do the job at the level I used to anymore.”

Gagliardi began his coaching career with Carroll College in 1949, where he compiled a 24–6–1 record and won three Montana Collegiate Conference championships. After four seasons, he accepted the job at SJU.

With Saint John’s, Gagliardi finished with 465 wins, four national championships and 27 conference titles. He retires with a record of 489-138-11 (77.5 winning percentage) after surpassing Eddie Robinson for the career coaching victories record in 2003.

Gagliardi will remain on the staff until his contract expires June 30, 2013. The search process for his replacement begins immediately.

Saint John’s ended with a 5-5 (3-5 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) record – the team’s first time finishing without a winning record since 1986.


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