Jim Garrett
Garrett in 1955
Personal information
Date of birth: (1930-06-19)June 19, 1930
Place of birth: Passaic, New Jersey
Date of death: February 9, 2018(2018-02-09) (aged 87)
Place of death: Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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James William Garrett Jr. (June 19, 1930 – February 9, 2018) was an American football player, coach, and scout. He starred as a fullback and linebacker for Rutherford High School in New Jersey (1944–1948) and as a running back playing college football at Utah State University. Garrett served as head football coach at Susquehanna University from 1960 to 1965 and Columbia University in 1985, compiling a career college football coaching record of 39–21–1.

Playing career

Garrett played as a fullback and linebacker for Rutherford High School in New Jersey (1944–1948) and as a running back playing college football at Utah State University.[1] After college, he played for the BC Lions and the New York Giants in the 1950s.[citation needed]

Coaching career

Garrett began coaching at the United States Coast Guard Academy and Lehigh University and found success as head coach at Susquehanna University (1960–1965), leading them to a 39–11–1 record which included undefeated seasons in 1961 and 1962. He was fired during the seventh game of the 1965 season for assaulting a player.[2] He spent most of the next 40 years in the National Football League as an assistant coach with the New York Giants (1970–1973), the New Orleans Saints (1976–1977), and the Cleveland Browns (1978–1984), as well as head coach of the Houston Texans of the fledgling World Football League (1974). There was a brief stint in the mid-1970s as head coach at Millburn High School in New Jersey. His last coaching job as head coach of Columbia University in 1985 was fraught with controversy as the team went 0–10 and accusations of verbal and physical abuse surfaced.[3] After the season, his sons John, Jason and Judd, who were enrolled at Columbia, transferred to Princeton University.[4]

From 1987 to 2004, he served as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.[5]

Personal life and death

Garrett and his wife Jane (née Lentz) are the parents of eight children. His sons John, Jason, and Judd played and coached in the NFL. Jason is the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, John is the head coach at Lafayette College, Judd is a front office executive with the Cowboys, and Jim III teaches High School English at University School near Cleveland, Ohio.[6]

Garrett died on February 9, 2018 at the age of 87.[7]


Garrett was inducted into Rutherford High School's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.[8] In 2001, Susquehanna University named their new sports complex in his honor.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Susquehanna Crusaders (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1960–1965)
1960 Susquehanna 7–1 5–1 4th (College–Northern)
1961 Susquehanna 8–0–1 6–0 1st (College–Northern)
1962 Susquehanna 9–0 5–0 1st (College–Northern)
1963 Susquehanna 8–1 2–1 NA (College–Northern)
1964 Susquehanna 7–2 2–0 NA (College–Northern)
1965 Susquehanna 0–7[n 1] 0–3 NA (College–Northern)
Susquehanna: 39–11–1 20–5
Columbia Lions (Ivy League) (1985)
1985 Columbia 0–10 0–7 8th
Columbia: 0–10 0–7
Total: 39–21–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.



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