Jack Harding

John Joseph Harding (January 4, 1898 – February 24, 1963) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at St. Thomas College—now the University of Scranton—from 1926 to 1936 and at the University of Miami from 1937 to 1942 and 1945 to 1947, compiling a career college football record of 103–69–12. Harding was also the head basketball coach at St. Thomas from 1926 to 1937, amassing record of 119–56. He was the head baseball coach at Miami in 1940 and 1959, tallying a mark of 16–14–1. Harding was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1980.

Jack Harding
Biographical details
Born(1898-01-04)January 4, 1898
Avoca, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 24, 1963(1963-02-24) (aged 65)
Miami, Florida
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1926–1936St. Thomas (PA)
1937–1942Miami (FL)
1945–1947Miami (FL)
1926–1937St. Thomas (PA)
1940Miami (FL)
1959Miami (FL)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1948–1963Miami (FL)
Head coaching record
Overall103–69–12 (football)
119–56 (basketball)
16–14–1 (baseball)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1980 (profile)

During his two stints coaching football at Miami, Harding compiled a 54–32–3 (.624) record and led the Hurricanes to four seasons of eight or more wins (1938, 1941, 1945, 1946). After resigning from coaching football, he served as the athletic director at Miami for 15 years until his death from cancer, on February 24, 1963, in Miami, Florida.[1]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
St. Thomas Tomcats () (1926–1936)
Scranton: 49–37–9
Miami Hurricanes (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1937–1941)
1937 Miami 4–4–1
1938 Miami 8–2
1939 Miami 5–5
1940 Miami 3–7
1941 Miami 8–2
Miami Hurricanes (Independent) (1942)
1942 Miami 7–2
Miami Hurricanes (Independent) (1945–1947)
1945 Miami 9–1–1W Orange
1946 Miami 8–2
1947 Miami 2–7–1
Miami: 54–32–3

See also


  1. "Jack Harding Dies in Miami". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, New Pennsylvania. Associated Press. February 25, 1963. p. 25. Retrieved October 22, 2019 via Newspapers.com .
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