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College Hall of Fame Coach Wayne Hardin Passes Away
The 2013 inductee who led the programs at Navy and Temple was 91.
Published: 4/12/2017 2:40:00 PM

Coach Wayne Hardin, a 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee who led the programs at Navy and Temple, passed away April 12. Born March 23, 1926, in Smackover, Ark., he was 91. He had just taken part in Temple Football alumni day festivities on Saturday, April 8, with over 120 former Owls on hand.

The most successful coach in Temple football history and the coach of Navy’s only two Heisman Trophy winners, Hardin created a Hall of Fame career, leading the Midshipmen and Owl programs to unprecedented accomplishments. His overall coaching record was 118-74-5.

Navy’s head coach from 1959-64, Hardin coached Hall of Famers and Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963). He ranks fifth all-time at Navy in wins (38), and his teams beat archrival Army in five of his six seasons. His five consecutive defeats of Army stood unsurpassed until 2007. Hardin took Navy to the 1960 Orange Bowl and the 1963 Cotton Bowl, and he twice led the Midshipmen to a top five ranking (No. 4, 1960 and No. 2, 1963). He also coached NFF National Scholar-Athlete Joe Ince (1963).

The all-time leader in wins at Temple, Hardin served as head coach of the Owls from 1970-82. He led Temple to its first 10-win season in program history during the 1979 season, finishing at No. 17 in both major polls and beating favored California in the Garden State Bowl. Hardin also mentored Owl quarterback Steve Joachim, who led the nation in total offense and won the Maxwell Trophy in 1973. He was honored as the 1974 Kodak District II Coach of the Year and was inducted into Temple's Hall of Fame in 1994.

Hardin attended the College of the Pacific, playing football for College Football Hall of Fame coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. A 1998 Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Hardin earned 11 varsity letters before graduating college in 1948.

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