John Gagliardi retires

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Nov 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (KNSI) For the first time since 1953, St. John's University is looking for a new head football coach.

John Gagliardi announced today that he's retiring after 64 years of coaching--including the last 60 in Collegeville.

Gagliardi is the winningest college coach in history--with 489 victories. His Johnnies teams won national titles in 1963, 1965, 1976 and 2003, and won 27 M-I-A-C championships.

In a statement released today by the University, Gagliardi said quote--"I just can't do the job at the level I used to anymore. I've always been blessed with great players, friends, family and support to make it this far."

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

Johnnies athletic director Tom Stock says a 10-member search committee will look for a new coach, and they hope to have the process wrapped up in 30 days.

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