Harland Svare

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Harland Svare
No. 65, 76, 84
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1930-11-15) November 15, 1930 (age 88)
Clarkfield, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: North Kitsap (WA)
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 17 / Pick: 204
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: 21–48 (.304)
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Harland James Svare (born November 25, 1930) is an American former professional football player and coach. Svare was a linebacker who played eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1953 to 1960. He was the Rams head coach from midway the 1962 season through 1965, and the San Diego Chargers head coach from 1971 through 1973.

In a November 1972 game, Chargers owner Eugene V. Klein awarded Svare a five-year coaching contract, an unpopular decision; however, Svare left voluntarily during the following season.[2]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
LA 1962 0 5 1 .083 7th in NFL Western
LA 1963 5 9 0 .357 6th in NFL Western
LA 1964 5 7 2 .429 5th in NFL Western
LA 1965 4 10 0 .286 7th in NFL Western
LA Total 14 31 3 .323
SD 1971 2 2 0 .500 3rd in AFC West
SD 1972 4 9 1 .321 4th in AFC West
SD 1973 1 6 1 .188 4th in AFC West
SD Total 7 17 2 .308
Total 21 48 5 .318


  1. ^ http://www.profootballarchives.com/coach/svar00400coach.html
  2. ^ Magee, Jerry (1984-08-28). "As Klein Passes on Chargers, Era Ends in San Diego: Whether Right or Wrong, he 'Ran the Show'". The San Diego Union. p. FOOTBALL. Often, though, history's lesson is that Klein has moved too hastily, as he did in November 1972 when he awarded a new five-year coaching contract to Harland Svare at halftime of a game...That decision signaled the most raucous period the Chargers have experienced. Angry cries of "Five more years!" were heard in Mission Valley until Svare stepped down as coach a year later.

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