Roger Harring, who put UW-La Crosse football on the national stage, dies at 88

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Roger Harring, the College Football Hall of Fame coach who led UW-La Crosse to two NCAA Division III titles, has died. He was 88.

An obituary on the Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Homes website said Harring died Thursday at his home in La Crosse. UW-La Crosse’s athletic department posted an obituary on its website.

Harring coached La Crosse from 1969-99 and posted a 261-75-7 record. The program won three national championships during his tenure, also taking the NAIA Division II crown in 1985.

UW-La Crosse won its first NCAA Division III national title in 1992 with a 16-12 victory against Washington & Jefferson. The Eagles won their second Division III championship in 1995 with a 36-7 victory against Rowan.

Harring’s 261 total victories tie him for fifth place among all NCAA Division III coaches.

UW-La Crosse placed first or second in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 25 times under Harring. The Eagles won 15 WIAC championships during his tenure.

Harring was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Before coaching, Harring lettered for two seasons at St. Norbert College and two seasons at UW-La Crosse.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: College Football Hall of Fame UW-La Crosse coach Roger Harring dies