Coaching Legend Dies

Coaching Legend Dies Click to Enlarge Photo: St. John's University

(KNSI) - Minnesota is mourning the death of the winningest coach in college football history.

St. John's University has announced that legendary football coach John Gagliardi died Sunday at the age of 91.

"On behalf of Saint John's athletics, our heartfelt condolences to Peggy and the Gagliardi family. There will never be another John. We are forever grateful for his contributions to Saint John's, our student-athletes and the fans of Johnnie football. We're going to miss him," said Bob Alpers, SJU Athletic Director.

Gagliardi recorded 489 victories, won four national titles with the Johnnies (1963, 1965, 1976 and 2003) and made it to the 2000 national title game.

The Johnnies also advanced to the national semifinals six other years and Gagliardi led his teams to 27 conference championships while at SJU.

St. John's says in the release, "He was an outstanding mentor to the thousands of young student-athletes who came through his program. At Saint John's, Gagliardi produced 113 All-Americans, as well as 22 Academic All-Americans (either first- or second-team selections).

He coached for 64 years, 60 of those for the Johnnies. He retired in 2012.

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