Harland Svare
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Personal information
Born: (1930-11-15) November 15, 1930 (age 89)
Clarkfield, Minnesota
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:North Kitsap (WA)
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1953 / Round: 17 / Pick: 204
Career history
As player:
* Los Angeles Rams (1953–1954)
As coach:
* New York Giants (1960–1961) DC
  • Los Angeles Rams (1962–1965) DL/IHC/HC
  • New York Giants (1967–1968) DC[1]
  • Washington Redskins (1969–1970) DC/LB
  • San Diego Chargers (1971–1973)
  • Head coaching record
    Regular season:.304
    Player stats at PFR
    Coaching stats at PFR

    Harland James Svare (born November 25, 1930) is an American former professional football player and coach. Svare was a linebacker who played eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1953 to 1960. He was the Rams head coach from midway the 1962 season through 1965, and the San Diego Chargers head coach from 1971 through 1973.

    In a November 1972 game, Chargers owner Eugene V. Klein awarded Svare a five-year coaching contract, an unpopular decision; however, Svare left voluntarily during the following season.[2]

    Head coaching recordEdit

    Team Year Regular Season Post Season
    Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
    LA1962 051.0837th in NFL Western
    LA1963 590.3576th in NFL Western
    LA1964 572.4295th in NFL Western
    LA1965 4100.2867th in NFL Western
    LA Total 14 31 3 .323
    SD1971 220.5003rd in AFC West
    SD1972 491.3214th in AFC West
    SD1973 161.1884th in AFC West
    SD Total 7 17 2 .308
    Total 21 48 5 .318


    2. Magee, Jerry (1984-08-28). "As Klein Passes on Chargers, Era Ends in San Diego: Whether Right or Wrong, he 'Ran the Show'". The San Diego Union: p. FOOTBALL. "Often, though, history's lesson is that Klein has moved too hastily, as he did in November 1972 when he awarded a new five-year coaching contract to Harland Svare at halftime of a game...That decision signaled the most raucous period the Chargers have experienced. Angry cries of "Five more years!" were heard in Mission Valley until Svare stepped down as coach a year later."

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