MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The most highly-publicized Division III coaching search in Minnesota is over. St. John’s University announced Friday that Gary Fasching has been named the school’s new football coach.
Fasching replaces John Gagliardi, who led the program through 60 seasons to 489 wins and retired at the age of 86 at the end of the 2012 season. Fasching had been a defensive coach and recruiting coordinator for St. John’s.
Fasching has been coaching at St. John’s for 17 seasons. The other finalists to take the program over included former St. John’s quarterback Kurt Ramler, who most recently was the head coach at Carleton, and Mike Grant, the head coach of the Eden Prairie High School football team. Grant had seemingly been one of the favorites since Gagliardi’s retirement was announced.
Fasching was also previously the head coach at St. Cloud Cathedral from 1986-1995. He’s a 1982 graduate of St. John’s. He will be introduced as the football coach at a Friday afternoon news conference.