Former Johns Hopkins fullback Greg Chimera had been the interim head football coach at Johns Hopkins since Jan. 9, seven days after the sudden death of Jim Margraff, who had helmed the program for the past 29 years. On Friday, Chimera was appointed to the position full time.
Jim Margraff went on to rewrite the university’s record book as a four-year starting quarterback, and later embarked on a 29-year head coaching career that by 2014 made him the all-time winningest coach in both school and state history.
Loyalty, a competitive spirit and a calm demeanor were some of the character traits that current and former Johns Hopkins football players admired in late head coach Jim Margraff. Oh, and a knack for coining slogans.
Jim Margraff, the all-time winningest coach in Johns Hopkins football history,died Wednesday at age 58. “He was more Man of the Year than Coach of the Year,” Blue Jays men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala said. “He really was a very special man.”
Quarterback David Tammaro, running back Stuart Walters and wide receiver Luke McFadden will be significant factors in how the No. 14 Blue Jays fare at No. 1 and 13-time reigning national champion Mount Union in Saturday’s NCAA Division III tournament semifinal.
Mount Union fought back, throttled Hopkins' attack in the second half and sacked Germano five times to defeat the Blue Jays, 28-21, in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs at Homewood Field. It's the sixth consecutive year that Hopkins (11-1) has been bounced early on from the tournament.
Johns Hopkins has won 11 straight football games, scored 476 points and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs — all without using a playbook. The Blue Jays keep schemes in their heads, a safeguard to protect their stratagems from the enemy.
The photo is tucked away in a box at home, a frayed reminder of Bill Stromberg's life before he became a suit and the CEO of investment giant T. Rowe Price. It's a picture of Stromberg, then a wide receiver for Johns Hopkins, catching a pass with a defender on his back. The reception, the 254th of his college career, set an NCAA College Division (a precursor to Division III) mark and put Stromberg in the record book.
Quarterback Jonathan Germano threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns, and sophomore Luke McFadden caught 11 passes for 222 yards — the third most in school history — as the Blue Jays built an early 21-0 lead to advance to the second round for the third straight year and earn coach Jim Margraff his 200th career win.
The linebackers, who will help lead the No. 8 Blue Jays against No. 11 Wesley in an NCAA Division III second-round playoff game Saturday at 12 p.m. at Homewood Field in Baltimore, are a critical part of the team's defense. Senior Keith Corliss was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and fellow senior Brady Watts joined him on the first team. Juniors Jack Campbell and Dan Johnson were selected to the second team.
Johns Hopkins can wrap up an undefeated campaign and guarantee a home game in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs with a win at Centennial Conference rival McDaniel this Saturday, but the team might have to play without a pair of starters on offense.
Before an announced 885 at Homewood Field in Baltimore, No. 11 Johns Hopkins scored 40 points in a game for the seventh time in nine games. More importantly, the program improved to 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the league to capture at least a share of its seventh consecutive conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.