John Salavantis

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John Salavantis
Biographical details
Born North Adams, Massachusetts
Playing career
1962–1965 Ottawa
Position(s) Offensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971 Pratt CC (offense)
1972 Pratt CC
1974 McPherson (OC)
1975–1977 Independence CC
1978 Ottawa
1980–1982 Missouri Southern (assistant)
1983–1984 Garden City CC (assistant)
1985–1990 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (assistant)
1991 Montreal Machine (OL)
1993 Ottawa Rough Riders (WR)
1994–1997Hamilton Tiger-Cats (OL)
2006Hamilton Tiger-Cats (OL)
Head coaching record
Overall7–3 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
First team All-KCAC (1965)

John Salavantis is an American former gridiron football coach. He was the 22nd head football coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, serving for one season, in 1978, and compiling a record of 7–3. [1] Salavantis later workred as an assistant coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders. Currently, Salavantis serves as the radio colour analyst on AM 900 CHML for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. [2]


Salavantis graduated from Drury High School in North Adams, Massachusetts, before attending Ottawa, where he played football for four years as an offensive tackle. [3]

Head coaching record


Ottawa Braves (Heart of America Athletic Conference)(1978)
1978 Ottawa7–34–2T–2nd

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  1. "2012 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Ottawa Braves. p. 7. Retrieved February 26, 2013.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[ permanent dead link ]
  3. Bird, Allen L. (November 16, 1971). "Former Drury star coaching in Kansas; Salavantis' team ranked 12th". The Transcript. North Adams, Massachusetts. p. 14. Retrieved October 6, 2019 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg .