Harland Svare

Harland Svare
No. 65, 76, 84
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1930-11-15) November 15, 1930
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 voluntarily left during the following season.[2]

Head coaching record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
LA1962 051.0837th in NFL Western
LA1963 590.3576th in NFL Western
LA1964 572.4295th in NFL Western
LA1965 4100.2867th in NFL Western
LA Total14313.323
SD1971 220.5003rd in AFC West
SD1972 491.3214th in AFC West
SD1973 161.1884th in AFC West
SD Total7172.308


  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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