Esco Sarkkinen
Biographical details
Born(1918-04-09)April 9, 1918
Conneaut, Ohio
DiedFebruary 28, 1998(1998-02-28) (aged 79)
Columbus, Ohio
Playing career
1937–1939Ohio State
1942Manhattan Beach Coast Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1978Ohio State (assistant)

Esco "Sark" Sarkkinen (April 9, 1918 – February 28, 1998) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Ohio State University from 1937 to 1939 and was a consensus first-team end on the 1939 College Football All-America Team.[1][2] He also served as an assistant coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1946 to 1978.[1]

Early life

Sarkkinen's parents, Eino Sr. and Rauha "Rose" Sarkkinen, were Finnish emigrants; his father was from Oulu and had emigrated to New York City in 1914, and his mother had emigrated to the United States in 1904.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ex-Ohio State Assistant Coach Dies". Associated Press. March 2, 1988.
  2. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Lillstrung, Chris (December 23, 2017). "Esco Sarkkinen: Fairport's original favorite son (part 1 of 2)". The News-Herald. Retrieved January 20, 2020.