Roger Harring
Biographical details
Born(1932-10-04)October 4, 1932
Green Bay, Wisconsin
DiedAugust 12, 2021(2021-08-12) (aged 88)
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Alma materWisconsin-La Crosse
Playing career
1956–1958Wisconsin–La Crosse
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1999Wisconsin–La Crosse
Head coaching record
Overall261–75–7
Tournaments0–2 (NAIA D-I playoffs)
10–4 (NAIA D-II playoffs)
13–5 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 NAIA Division II (1985)
2 NCAA Division III (1992, 1995)
15 WIAC (1971, 1973–1975, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991–1993, 1995–1996, 1999)
Awards
AFCA Division III Coach of the Year (1995)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2005 (profile)

Roger Harring (October 4, 1932 – August 12, 2021) was an American football player and coach. He won 340 games over 42 seasons at both the high school and college levels.

Harring graduated from Wisconsin State College–La Crosse (later renamed University of Wisconsin–La Crosse). He graduated in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education.[1]

After graduating from La Crosse, Harring coached high school football at Ladysmith High School in Ladysmith, Wisconsin (1958–1962) and at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (1963–1968). He won 79 games as a high school coach.

In 1969, Harring accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater.[1] At Wisconsin–La Crosse, he had a 261–75–7 record. He won 15 conference titles and three national championships (1985, 1992, 1995) before his retirement in 1999.

Harring was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.[2] An attempt to rename the stadium at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse was controversial in the city of La Crosse and unpopular with the public.[clarification needed][citation needed] Veterans' groups opposed changing the name to "Harring Stadium" and filed a lawsuit against the university regents, stating that the regents had violated the state's open meeting laws.[citation needed] The facility is officially called Veterans Memorial Sports Field Complex.[3]

Roger Harring died at the age of 88 on August 12, 2021.[4]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wisconsin–La Crosse Eagles (Wisconsin State University Athletic Conference / Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1969–present)
1969 Wisconsin–La Crosse 5–5 4–4 5th
1970 Wisconsin–La Crosse 5–4–1 4–3–1 6th
1971 Wisconsin–La Crosse 8–2 7–1 T–1st
1972 Wisconsin–La Crosse 8–2 7–1 2nd
1973 Wisconsin–La Crosse 9–2 7–1 1st L NAIA Division I Semifinal
1974 Wisconsin–La Crosse 8–2 7–1 T–1st
1975 Wisconsin–La Crosse 8–3 7–1 T–1st
1976 Wisconsin–La Crosse 7–3 5–3 T–4th
1977 Wisconsin–La Crosse 6–2–2 5–2–1 3rd
1978 Wisconsin–La Crosse 9–2 7–1 T–1st L NAIA Division I Quarterfinal
1979 Wisconsin–La Crosse 7–2 6–2 T–2nd
1980 Wisconsin–La Crosse 8–2 6–2 T–1st
1981 Wisconsin–La Crosse 6–4 4–4 T–4th
1982 Wisconsin–La Crosse 8–2 7–1 1st
1983 Wisconsin–La Crosse 9–3–1 6–1–1 2nd L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1984 Wisconsin–La Crosse 8–2 6–2 3rd
1985 Wisconsin–La Crosse 11–1–2 5–1–2 2nd W NAIA Division II Championship
1986 Wisconsin–La Crosse 10–2 7–1 T–1st L NAIA Division II Semifinal
1987 Wisconsin–La Crosse 5–5 5–3 T–3rd
1988 Wisconsin–La Crosse 11–3 6–2 T–2nd L NAIA Division II Championship
1989 Wisconsin–La Crosse 12–2 7–1 1st L NAIA Division II Championship
1990 Wisconsin–La Crosse 9–2 7–1 2nd L NAIA Division II First Round
1991 Wisconsin–La Crosse 10–2 7–1 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1992 Wisconsin–La Crosse 12–0–1 6–0–1 1st W NCAA Division III Championship
1993 Wisconsin–La Crosse 11–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1994 Wisconsin–La Crosse 8–2 5–2 T–2nd
1995 Wisconsin–La Crosse 14–0 7–0 1st W NCAA Division III Championship
1996 Wisconsin–La Crosse 11–2 7–0 1st L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1997 Wisconsin–La Crosse 7–2 5–2 T–2nd
1998 Wisconsin–La Crosse 4–5 4–3 5th
1999 Wisconsin–La Crosse 7–4 6–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III First Round
Wisconsin–La Crosse: 261–75–7 186–48–6
Total: 261–75–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Harring gets head La Crosse U. job". The Daily Tribune. Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. January 30, 1969. p. 10 – via Newspapers.comopen access.
  2. ^ "Roger Harring". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Stadium demolition nearly finished". La Crosse Tribune. June 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "UWL coaching icon Roger Harring passes away". WKBT. 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2021-08-13.