James W. Garrett, a former head coach for the Susquehanna University football team, passed away Friday surrounded by family in Monmouth Beach, N.J.
Garrett, 87, is survived by his wife Jane, his eight children - Jim, Jane, Jennifer, Janine, Jill, John, Jason and Judd - 28 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be Friday, February 16 from 3 - 8 p.m. at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Precious Blood, 72 Riverdale Ave., Monmouth Beach followed by burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In his memory and in honor of his love of faith, family, and football, donations may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 6 Drummond Place, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 or at their Website: www.FCANJ.org
He was Athletic Director at Susquehanna from 1960-65, coached the football team from1960-65, coached the baseball team from 1962-65 and also led the track and field team in 1961. He was inducted into the Crusader Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981. In 2001, the University named its newly constructed athletics facility the James W. Garrett Sports Complex.
"Coach Garrett holds a very special place in the proud tradition of Susquehanna football," said Director of Athletics Pamela Samuelson. "Jim was a gifted storyteller and his love and passion for football came through in every memory of his time at SU. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and the family."
After his tenure at Susquehanna, he went on to a successful coaching and scouting career in the National Football League (NFL) with a majority of his time spent with the Dallas Cowboys.
"I am sorry to hear about Coach Garrett's passing," said former head coach at Susquehanna and current major gifts officer at the University, Steve Briggs. "Coach put Susquehanna on the map during his time with the University in the early 1960's with unprecedented success. We are fortunate to be connected to and part of the Garrett Football Family. Coach Garrett will be missed by many."