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1977 Football Season > John Whitehead

John Whitehead

Bio: John Whitehead served the Lehigh athletic community for 22 years from 1967 until his retirement in 1989 as either a coach or director of athletics. His first stint at Lehigh lasted 18 years, as he coached the Engineers to their only National championship in school history during the 1977 season.
After capturing the Division II title in '77, Lehigh made the move to Division I-AA and Whitehead's squad could not be derailed. Lehigh reached the championship game in 1979 and 1980. In both 1977 and 1979 he was awarded the ABC-TV Chevrolet College Division Coach-of-the-Year award. In 1980 Whitehead guided a Lehigh squad to an undefeated regular season. The 9-0-2 mark earned a #1 national ranking among Division I-AA schools. In ten years, Whitehead boasted seven winning seasons and was 6-4 against arch-rival Lafayette. His victory total (75) and winning percentage (.661) ranks second among all Lehigh football coaches.
Before coming to Lehigh, Whitehead was the coach at Carlisle, Pa., High School where he led teams to a 39-1-4 record over four years. In 1967 he left Carlisle and moved to Bethlehem as a line coach. In his retirement year, 1989, Whitehead coached the Engineer golf squad to an 8-3 record, its best finish in four years.
Whitehead and his wife Bernice have three sons, Waltera former Lehigh assistant coach, Robert and Davidwho was an outstanding center on the Engineer football team.

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