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- Position: Coach
- School: Utah State, Stanford, San Jose State
- Years: 1959-1995
- Inducted: 1992
- Place of Birth: Oakland, CA
- Date of Birth: Apr 26, 1927
Member BiographyJohn Ralston was head coach at the college level 1959-71 and
coached in the pros until 1984. He was elected to the College
Football Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1993, at age 66, he came
out of retirement to become coach at San Jose State. He had
a 31-11-1 record at Utah State 1959-62; his teams were in
the Oil Bowl and Gotham Bowl. His record at Stanford
1963-71 was 55-36-3; his last two Stanford teams won in the
Rose Bowl. Ralston coached the Denver Broncos of the
National Football League 1972-76 and the Oakland Invaders
of the U.S. Football League 1981-84. Ralston grew up in
Norway, Michigan. At age 17 he joined the Marines, and he
served three years. At age 20 he enrolled in the University of
California. He was linebacker on the football team 1948-50.
He coached in high school and as an assistant at California
before becoming a head coach at Utah State in 1959. Ralston
served in many sports: in 1986, general manager of the San
Jose Golddiggers, a women's professional volleyball team;
1987, general manager of the Sacramento Capitols in the
Team Tennis League; in 1988-90, scout for the Seattle
Seahawks football team. Also in 1990 he went to Russia and
coached the Moscow Bears, a native team which played U.S.
teams. Ralston coached four years at San Jose State, 1993-96.
He then took a job as special assistant to the director of
athletics at the same school.