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Jan Quarless
Biographical details
Head coaching record

Jan Quarless (born c. 1951) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Eastern Michigan University in 1992 and at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1997 to 2000, compiling a career college football record of 15–36. He was selected to the Northern Michigan University and Upper Michigan Hall of Fame. Quarless holds a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and PhD from Southern Illinois University.[citation needed]

Playing career

Quarless was a four lettermen for Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan from 1969 to 1972 seasons and was team captain his senior year.[1]

Coaching career

Eastern Michigan

Quarless became interim head football coach at Eastern Michigan University when Jim Harkema resigned after the first four games of the 1992 season.[2][3] Quarless's team produced a record of 1–6.[4] The lone victory was a 7–6 home game against Ohio.[5]

Southern Illinois

Quarless was the 19th head football coach at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, serving for four seasons, from 1997 to 2000, and compiling a record of 14–30.[6]

Assistant coaching

Quarless had several tenures as an assistant coach for at several colleges, including Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green State University, the University of Kansas, and Wake Forest University.[7][8][9]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (1992)
1992 Eastern Michigan 1–6 1–5 T–9th
Eastern Michigan: 1–6 1–5
Southern Illinois Salukis (Gateway Football Conference) (1997–2000)
1997 Southern Illinois 3–8 1–5 6th
1998 Southern Illinois 3–8 1–5 7th
1999 Southern Illinois 5–6 1–5 7th
2000 Southern Illinois 3–8 2–4 T–5th
Southern Illinois: 14–30 5–19
Total: 15–36
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. Northern Michigan University Football Year by Year Results
  2. Eastern Michigan Eagles 2009 Football Media Guide
  3. NCAA News[dead link] "NCAA Record" October 12, 1992, page 13
  4. "Football Bowl Subdivision: Eastern Michigan University Directory". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  5. College Football Data Warehouse Eastern Michigan 1992 results
  6. Southern Illinois Coaching Records Archived July 6, 2003, at the Wayback Machine
  7. The Courier "Transactions" March 31, 1983
  8. Lawrence Journal-World "Budde to take over as Kansas starting Center" by Gary Bedore, August 18, 1987
  9. Wake Forest Sports "Demon Deacon Fortunes Looking Up in 1997" August 1, 1997