The all-time winningest coach in college football history, John Gagliardi of Saint John’s University became the first active head coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Gagliardi ended the 2007 season with a 453-122-11 (.782) collegiate career record and a 429-116-10 (.782) record at Saint John’s University. Gagliardi’s 59 years of collegiate coaching is the most in college football history.
Gagliardi’s teams have won 28 conference titles and have appeared in 56 post-season games. In the past 41 years, Saint John’s University has been nationally ranked 40 times, and has a 39-17 postseason record. In 1993 under Gagliardi, Saint John’s University averaged 61.5 points per game, setting a record that might never be broken. The same year, the Gagliardi Trophy was unveiled honoring the nation’s outstanding Division III football player of the year.
He was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.