Jack Elway

Football Player + Coach + Scout + Executive
Born May 30, 1931

John Albert "Jack" Elway, Sr. was an American football player and head coach; he was the father of John Elway, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback.

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1931 Birth Born on May 30, 1931.


1961 30 Years Old Elway then taught and coached at Port Angeles High School; all three of his children were born in Port Angeles. In 1961 he was hired as the head coach at Grays Harbor College, a junior college in Aberdeen, near his hometown of Hoquiam in southwestern Washington.
1966 35 Years Old Following the 1966 season, he became an assistant coach in the Big Sky Conference at the University of Montana under head coach Jack Swarthout.


1971 40 Years Old After five seasons in Missoula with the Grizzlies, he moved to the Pac-8 at his alma mater following the 1971 season, as an assistant under head coach Jim Sweeney, and stayed in Pullman for four seasons.
1975 44 Years Old Sweeney abruptly resigned after the 1975 season and went to Fresno State, so Elway joined the staff at neighboring Idaho under head coach Ed Troxel in February 1976. … Read More
1976 45 Years Old In late March 1976, Elway was introduced as the head coach at Cal State Northridge in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. … Read More
1978 47 Years Old After three seasons at Northridge, Jack Elway moved up the California coast (and up to Division I) to San Jose State following the 1978 season, where his first offensive coordinator was Dennis Erickson. … Read More


1981 50 Years Old Jack Elway's Spartans won three consecutive games over Stanford from 1981 to 1983, and he compiled an overall record of 35–20–1 (.634) in five seasons.
1984 53 Years Old After John's graduation, Jack Elway moved the few miles up the peninsula to Stanford in 1984, where he was head coach for five seasons and compiled 25–29–2 record (.446).


1991 60 Years Old In 1991 he coached the Frankfurt Galaxy of the WLAF during the team's first two years. Elway later worked in the Denver Broncos scouting department from 1993–99, the last five as director of pro scouting. Elway died on April 15, 2001, following an apparent heart attack in Palm Springs, California. … Read More
2001 70 Years Old Died on April 15, 2001.
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