St. John's names longtime assistant football coach to replace Gagliardi


The search is over at St. John's University to replace the all-time winningest head football coach in college history.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Gary Fasching, an assistant coach at St. John's for the past 17 years, will replace John Gagliardi.

Gagliardi retired in November as head coach of the Johnnies after 60 years.

"I look forward to working with the administration and alumni to continue the successful program that John Gagliardi built," Fasching said in a statement.

Gagliardi, 86, recorded 489 career wins during his career and won four national titles.

Fasching was most recently a defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for St. John's. He also played for Gagliardi and was a coach at St. Cloud Cathedral.

The Star Tribune reports that Fasching was one of three finalists for the position, which also included former Eden Prairie coach and son of legendary Vikings coach Mike Grant, and former Carleton coach and Johnnies quarterback Kurt Ramler.

Grant withdrew from consideration Thursday, reports the Star Tribune. St. John's search committee member Joe Mucha did not say whether Grant was offered the position.

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