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Harland Svare

Harland Svare
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-11-15) November 15, 1930
Place of birth Clarkfield, Minnesota
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
College Washington State
NFL Draft 1953 / Round 17 / Pick 204
Head coaching record
Career record 21–48
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
Los Angeles Rams
New York Giants
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers

Harland James Svare (born November 25, 1930) is a former American football linebacker who played for eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants from 1953 to 1960 in the National Football League. 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 voluntarily left during the following season.[1]


  • Head coaching record 1
    • NFL 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3

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. ^ 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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