Category Archives: John Gagliardi

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Gagliardi: Knowledge of Misconduct Since 1950’s

During a two-and-a-half hour visit with two former Johnnie football players on July 23, 2012, Saint John’s University football coach John Gagliardi reportedly admitted that he first became aware of misconduct at Saint John’s in the 1950’s.

Meet Roger Julkowski

January 3, 2104 Update: One of Roger Julkowski’s former students provided information about Julkowski’s year in Dekalb, Illinois. During the 1971-1972 school year, Julkowski’s landlord reportedly caught Julkowski with a student – and the police caught Julkowski urinating in public. This misconduct … Continue reading

My Alma Mater in a New Light

My alma mater, Saint John’s University — not the one in bustling Queens, New York run by the Vincentians, but the one in bucolic Collegeville, Minnesota run by the Benedictines — is widely known for several things.

Regarding the Abbey’s Response: One Sentence Stands Out

We have been forthcoming and acknowledged the occasions when members of our community harmed others. – Saint John’s Abbey (2013) [ View ] Has the Abbey been forthcoming?

New right-hand-man’s Minnesota bio provides comic material for Obama

Most notable among Obama’s shout-outs to reliably Democratic Minnesota was noting McDonough’s “college football days as a defensive back under the legendary John Gagliardi” at St. John’s University from 1988-91.

Obama names Minnesota native Denis McDonough chief of staff

McDonough grew up in Stillwater and graduated from St. John’s University, where he studied history and played defensive back for legendary football coach John Gagliardi.

Denis McDonough, loyal and trusted aide, to be Obama’s chief of staff

The man in line to become President Obama’s next chief of staff is one of his most loyal and trusted confidants — a rare Washington player, associates said, whose sole objective is protecting and advancing the interests of his boss.

After 489 Wins, Coach Chooses Retirement

(New York Times) John Gagliardi, who won more games (489) and coached more seasons (64) than anyone in the history of college football, announced his retirement Monday, nine days after wrapping up his 60th season at Division III St. John’s … Continue reading

Former Student Remembers Father Dan Ward

“[In 1975,] Father [JP] Earls had me meet with Father Dan Ward. Father Ward and I discussed my financial situation, the misconduct by Father [Finian] McDonald, and the attention being paid by other priests [including Father Bruce Wollmering].”

John Gagliardi on Joe Paterno, Penn State’s NCAA sanctions

Perhaps the best perspective on the demise of Joe Paterno’s legacy is the one held by another college football coaching legend.

Gagliardi on Paterno: ‘He made a horrible mistake’

Until the scandal that rocked Penn State, St. John’s football coach John Gagliardi often talked about how much he respected Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno and his storied football program.

Abuser on Gagliardi’s Staff After Abuse Revelation

A July, 1992 letter from Father Dan Ward (monk and attorney for Saint John’s Abbey) claimed that Brother John Kelly “had been removed from his work at the prep school and the university” following allegations of sexual misconduct.  Contents of … Continue reading

John Gagliardi Comments on Abuse (1067 Miles Away)

The most shocking thing about Saint John’s list of eighteen monk offenders… at least nine of the men on the list remain on campus today.

Paterno contemporary feels ‘pretty saddened’

The only college football coach of note to work later into life than Joe Paterno, with more wins than the Penn State icon, doesn’t hide his resentment over the way Paterno’s career ended.

John Gagliardi on Penn State Scandal

(Pioneer Press) I don’t even want to think about these poor kids suffering because of this monster. – John Gagliardi

Gagliardi’s Puzzling Response

Saint John’s University football coach John Gagliardi has finally spoken on the record about sexual misconduct. In a Saint Cloud Times article regarding sex abuse at Penn State and Joe Paterno, Gagliardi said, “It’s just hard to believe anything like this … Continue reading

Gagliardi shocked by Penn State scandal

(SC Times) COLLEGEVILLE — Like most in the college football world and beyond, St. John’s coach John Gagliardi has been shocked by the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked head coach Joe Paterno and the Penn State football program.

Unfair reporting hurts St. John’s

“Hospitality runs rampant within the St. John’s Abbey and, as a music major, this is clear at student recitals, largely attended by the monks in support of the students.”

No Whistles, No Tackling and No End in Sight for St. John’s Coach

(NY Times) COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — The black-and-yellow-golf cart that St. John’s University Coach John Gagliardi drives during his team’s football practices is rarely idle.