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Joe Restic
Biographical details
Born(1926-07-21)July 21, 1926
Emeigh Run, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 8, 2011(2011-12-08) (aged 85)
Boston, Massachusetts
Alma materVillanova
Playing career
1952–1953Philadelphia Eagles
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Brown University (assistant)
Colgate University (assistant)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (assistant)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Harvard University
Head coaching record

Joseph William "Joe" Restic (July 21, 1926 – December 8, 2011) was a coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and the Harvard Crimson of U.S. college football. He was known as a coaching innovator, devising a complex offense known as the multiflex while in Canada and taking it to Harvard.[1]

Playing career

Restic played college football at Saint Francis University[2] and Villanova University and graduated in 1952. He played two seasons as a wide receiver and defensive back in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played professional baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system.[3]

Coaching career

From 1956 to 1958, he served as an assistant coach at Brown University. He was an assistant coach at Colgate University from 1959 to 1961. He went to Hamilton in 1962, where he served as an assistant coach and later offensive coordinator. In 1968, he became the fourth head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, replacing Ralph Sazio. As head coach, he posted a 22–17–3 record.

On January 5, 1971, he became the head coach of Harvard. He was head coach for 23 years amassing a record of 117–97–6. He led Harvard to five Ivy League championships. When he retired in 1993, the 23 years that he coached at Harvard was the longest tenure in the school's 124 year football history.[1]

In 1981 a group of seniors from the Harvard football team circulated a petition criticizing Restic's distant demeanor and his tendency to criticize his players in public.[citation needed] The petition became public and caused strain between Restic and the Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, for the rest of his tenure.[citation needed]

Restic had a friendly rivalry with Yale coach Carm Cozza who served as the Bulldogs coach for all of Restic's time at Harvard. During their period of the college football rivalry, known as The Game, Yale won 13 times to Harvard’s 10.[1]

Restic served as president of the American Football Coaches Association in 1988.

Multiflex offense

While coaching in Canada, Restic devised the multiflex offense, which encompassed numerous formations, blocking strategies and pass patterns, sometimes with shifts at the last moment. The idea was to confuse the opponents. Restic explained that it was designed to "create doubt in the best athletes." For example, he would line-up three receivers on one side of the field, and then have them sprint to the opposite side just before the snap.[1]

In 1979, a professor and former Harvard quarterback, Larry Brown, created a class titled Fundamentals of Multiflex Offense to explain the maneuvers of the strategy. Some of the students included the Crimson's defensive players.[1]

Personal life

Joseph Restic was one of 10 children; his father, Louis, was a coal miner. Restic married Marian, known as Bea, who died in 2008. He had three children, his son Joe was a punter and safety for the Notre Dame in the 1970s. In his later years he lived in Milford, Massachusetts and died in Boston after several years of declining health.[1]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Harvard (Ivy League) (1971–1993)
1971 Harvard 5-4 4-3 4th
1972 Harvard 4-4-1 3-3-1 5th
1973 Harvard 7-2 5-2 2nd-t
1974 Harvard 7-2 6-1 1st-t
1975 Harvard 7-2 6-1 1st
1976 Harvard 6-3 4-3 3rd-t
1977 Harvard 4-5 4-3 3rd-t
1978 Harvard 4-4-1 2-4-1 5th-t
1979 Harvard 3-6 3-4 6th
1980 Harvard 7-3 4-3 3rd-t
1981 Harvard 5-4-1 4-2-1 3rd-t
1982 Harvard 7-3 5-2 1st-t
1983 Harvard 6-2-2 5-1-1 1st-t
1984 Harvard 5-4 5-2 2nd-t
1985 Harvard 7-3 5-2 2nd-t
1986 Harvard 3-7 3-4 5th
1987 Harvard 8-2 6-1 1st
1988 Harvard 2-8 2-5 7th-t
1989 Harvard 5-5 5-2 3rd
1990 Harvard 5-5 3-4 4th-t
1991 Harvard 4-5-1 4-3 3rd-t
1992 Harvard 3-7 3-4 5th
1993 Harvard 3-7 1-6 7th-t
Harvard: 117-97-6
Total: 117-97-6
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


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