|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
|Born||December 10, 1883|
Paw Paw, Illinois
|Died||July 31, 1961 (aged 77)|
|Head coaching record|
Jesse Clair Harper (December 10, 1883 – July 31, 1961) was an American football and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Alma College (1906–1907), Wabash College (1909–1912), and the University of Notre Dame (1913–1917), compiling a career college football record of 57–17–7. Harper was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1971.
Harper is most known for his coaching at the University of Notre Dame. His 1913 football squad posted a 35–13 win over Army, one that is regarded by most football historians as the game that put Notre Dame on the football map.
Harper stepped down as head football coach after the 1917 season and returned to ranching in his home state of Kansas. His ranch was not far from where Knute Rockne was killed in a 1931 plane crash. Harper accompanied Rockne's body on the train from Kansas back to South Bend, Indiana, for the funeral and burial. The University of Notre Dame immediately hired Harper to fill Rockne's role as athletic director, a position in which he remained until 1934, when Elmer Layden became head football coach and athletic director.
Harper was married and had two sons and one daughter.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Alma Scots (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1906–1907)|
|Wabash Little Giants (Independent) (1909–1912)|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent) (1913–1917)|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.|
- ↑ DeLassus, David. "Alma Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20101121043532/http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_iii/miaa/alma/coaching_records.php. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
- ↑ Wabash College coaching records Script error
- ↑ "Notre Dame Men's Basketball Media Guide". UND.com. http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/mbb-media-guide0607.html. Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- ↑ Cavanaugh, Jack (2010). The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. https://books.google.com/books?id=MWAtAgAAQBAJ&lpg=PT210&pg=PT210#v=onepage&q&f=false.
- ↑ Plumlee, Rick (September 26, 1999). "Kansas Ties To Notre Dame Go Beyond Rockne Crash Scene". Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-09-26/sports/9909260373_1_knute-rockne-notre-dame-crash-site. Retrieved March 7, 2014.