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Joe Harper
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleOffensive quality control
TeamCal Poly
ConferenceBig Sky
Biographical details
Bornc. 1936
Playing career
Position(s)Guard
Head coaching record
Overall131–95–4 (college)
Tournaments3–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 NCAA Division II (1980)
10 CCAA (1969–1973, 1976–1980)

Joe Harper (born c. 1936) is an American football coach and former player. He is the offensive quality control coach at California Polytechnic State University. Harper served as the head football coach at Cal Poly from 1968 to 1981, at Northern Arizona University from 1982 to 1984, and at California Lutheran University from 1990 to 1995, compiling a career coaching record of 131–95–4. He led the 1980 Cal Poly Mustangs football team to the NCAA Division II Football Championship. Harper rejoined the Cal Poly Mustangs football program in 2011.

A native of Glendale, California, Harper attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he lettered in football for three seasons, from 1956 to 1958. He was co-captain of the 1957 UCLA Bruins football team. Harper graduated from UCLA in 1959 and spent one season coaching at his alma mater, as an assistant for the freshmen football team. He moved on to Riverside City College before serving as line coach at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1962. From 1963 to 1967 Harper worked as an offensive line coach at the University of Colorado Boulder under Eddie Crowder. Harper was hired as the head football coach at Cal Poly in February 1968.[1] That July he was appointed as the school's athletic director.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs UPI#
Cal Poly Mustangs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1968–1981)
1968 Cal Poly 7–3 2–2 T–2nd
1969 Cal Poly 6–4 2–0 1st
1970 Cal Poly 8–2 3–0 1st
1971 Cal Poly 6–5 3–0 1st
1972 Cal Poly 8–1–1 3–0 1st L Camellia 3
1973 Cal Poly 9–1 4–0 1st 9
1974 Cal Poly 5–4–1 2–1–1 2nd
1975 Cal Poly 6–4 3–1 2nd
1976 Cal Poly 7–1–1 2–0 1st
1977 Cal Poly 8–2 3–0 1st
1978 Cal Poly 7–3 2–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
1979 Cal Poly 7–3 2–0 1st
1980 Cal Poly 10–3 2–0 1st W NCAA Division II Championship
1981 Cal Poly 4–5 0–2 3rd
Cal Poly: 96–43–3 33–6–1
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (Big Sky Conference) (1982–1984)
1982 Northern Arizona 4–7 3–4 T–5th
1983 Northern Arizona 4–7 2–5 7th
1984 Northern Arizona 4–6 2–5 7th
Northern Arizona: 12–20 7–14
Cal Lutheran Kingsmen () (1990)
1990 Cal Lutheran 2–8
Cal Lutheran Kingsmen (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1991–1995)
1991 Cal Lutheran 5–5 NA NA
1992 Cal Lutheran 3–6 2–4 T–5th
1993 Cal Lutheran 5–4 3–3 T–3rd
1994 Cal Lutheran 4–5 2–4 5th
1995 Cal Lutheran 4–4–1 4–2 5th
Cal Lutheran: 23–32–1
Total: 131–95–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

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