Jack Mollenkopf


Jack Mollenkopf served as head coach of the Boilermakers from 1956 to 1969. He is Purdue's all-time leader in games (132), wins (84) and Big Ten wins (57) and ranks fourth in winning percentage (.670). In addition, the Boilermakers were nationally ranked for 80 weeks - the most under any head coach - including the No. 1 spot the first five weeks of the 1968 season.

Mollenkopf guided the Boilermakers to their only Rose Bowl victory in 1967 (14-13 over USC) and a Big Ten tri-championship in 1967 (with Indiana and Minnesota). The Boilermakers finished second in the Big Ten twice (1959 and 1966) and third on four occasions (1964, 1965, 1968 and 1969).

"Jack the Ripper" was 11-2-1 against Indiana and 10-4 against Notre Dame.

A prominent figure on the sidelines of postseason all-star games, Mollenkopf served as head coach of the 1958, 1959 and 1960 Blue-Gray games; 1962 and 1963 East-West Shrine games; 1964, 1967 and 1970 Hula bowls; 1968 All-American Bowl; and 1969 North-South Shrine Game.

From 1966 to 1969, a Purdue player finished in the top three in balloting for the Heisman Trophy (quarterback Bob Griese was second in 1966, halfback Leroy Keyes placed third in 1967 and second in 1968, and quarterback Mike Phipps finished as runner-up in 1969).

Mollenkopf's inaugural season was the only losing campaign of his tenure. He previously was an assistant coach for the Boilermakers from 1947 to 1955.

Mollenkopf was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Mollenkopf's Purdue Head Coaching Record

YearOverallBig Ten (Place)Bowl Game
19563-4-21-4-2 (T7th)
19575-4-04-3-0 (T4th)
19586-1-23-1-2 (4th)
19595-2-24-2-1 (T2nd)
19604-4-12-4-0 (T5th)
19616-3-04-2-0 (4th)
19624-4-13-3-0 (T5th)
19635-4-04-3-0 (4th)
19646-3-05-2-0 (3rd)
19657-2-15-2-0 (T3rd)
19669-2-06-1-0 (2nd)Rose / Purdue 14, USC 13
19678-2-06-1-0 (T1st)
19688-2-05-2-0 (T3rd)
19698-2-05-2-0 (3rd)
Totals84-39-957-32-5