Joe Harper (American football)

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Joe Harper
Current position
TitleOffensive quality control
Team Cal Poly
Conference Big Sky
Biographical details
Bornc. 1936
Playing career
1956–1958 UCLA
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
c. 1960 UCLA (assistant freshmen)
c. 1960 Riverside CC
1962 UC Santa Barbara (line)
1963–1967 Colorado (OL)
1968–1981 Cal Poly
1982–1984 Northern Arizona
1990–1995 Cal Lutheran
2011–present Cal Poly (OQC)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1968–1973 Cal Poly
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.

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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 record

College

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsUPI#
Cal Poly Mustangs (California Collegiate Athletic Association)(1968–1981)
1968 Cal Poly 7–32–2T–2nd
1969 Cal Poly 6–42–01st
1970 Cal Poly 8–23–01st
1971 Cal Poly 6–53–01st
1972 Cal Poly 8–1–13–01stL Camellia 3
1973 Cal Poly 9–14–01st9
1974 Cal Poly 5–4–12–1–12nd
1975 Cal Poly 6–43–12nd
1976 Cal Poly 7–1–12–01st
1977 Cal Poly 8–23–01st
1978 Cal Poly 7–32–01stL NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
1979 Cal Poly 7–32–01st
1980 Cal Poly 10–32–01stW NCAA Division II Championship
1981 Cal Poly 4–50–23rd
Cal Poly:96–43–333–6–1
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (Big Sky Conference)(1982–1984)
1982 Northern Arizona4–73–4T–5th
1983 Northern Arizona4–72–57th
1984 Northern Arizona4–62–57th
Northern Arizona:12–207–14
Cal Lutheran Kingsmen (NCAA Division II independent)(1990)
1990 Cal Lutheran2–8
Cal Lutheran Kingsmen (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)(1991–1995)
1991 Cal Lutheran5–5NANA
1992 Cal Lutheran3–62–4T–5th
1993 Cal Lutheran5–43–3T–3rd
1994 Cal Lutheran4–53–34th
1995 Cal Lutheran4–4–14–2T–2nd
Cal Lutheran:23–32–1
Total:131–95–4
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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References

  1. "Harper Named Grid Coach At Cal Poly of San Luis". The San Bernardino County Sun . San Bernardino, California. United Press International. February 8, 1968. p. 58. Retrieved February 22, 2017 via Newspapers.com Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg .
  2. "Joe Harper moved up at Cal Poly". Redlands Daily Facts . Redlands, California. United Press International. July 5, 1968. p. 10. Retrieved February 22, 2017 via Newspapers.com Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg .