John Spezzaferro
Biographical details
Born(1921-08-01)August 1, 1921
Shaw Mines, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 29, 2002(2002-04-29) (aged 80)
Westlake, Ohio
Head coaching record
Overall4–23 (college)

John A. Spezzaferro (August 1, 1921 – February 5, 2002) was an American football player and coach.[1] He served as the head football coach at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio from 1978 to 1980, compiling a record of 4–23. Spezzaferro had previously wworked as an assistant football coach at the University of Dayton.[2]

A veteran of World War II, Spezzaferro was noted for taking six bullets in the Pacific theater.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Heidelberg Student Princes (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1978–1980)
1978 Heidelberg 0–9 0–5 6th (Red)
1979 Heidelberg 1–8 0–5 6th (Red)
1980 Heidelberg 3–6 2–3 T–3rd (Red)
Heidelberg: 4–23 2–13
Total: 4–23
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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