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Associated Press, Published August 29 2012

Gagliardi, 86, starting 6th decade as St. John's football coach

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — St. John's football coach John Gagliardi is starting his sixth decade at the helm of the Johnnie football program.

The Johnnies kick off his 60th season on Saturday at home against Northwestern.

The Gagliardi era at Collegeville began in 1953. Since then, he's led St. John's to four national championships, in 1963, 1965, 1976, and 2003. He says his survival is a miracle.

Gagliardi is the winningest coach in college football history. His career record is 484 wins, 133 losses, and 11 ties. Gagliardi tells WJON-AM (http://bit.ly/NXqhfi ) he has a goal of making it to 500 wins, which means he needs 16 more.

Gagliardi is coaching three of his own grandkids this season, as well as one player whose grandfather was on the 1953 team. He turns 86 Nov. 1.

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Information from: WJON-AM, http://www.wjon.com


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