Legendary Tennessee coach and participant Johnny Majors displays on his first game for the length of an interview on July 24, 2018.

Knoxville News Sentinel

Johnny Majors, a legendary coach for the Tennessee soccer personnel and member of the College Soccer Hall of Repute, has died. He used to be eighty five.

“It’s with a sad heart that we originate this announcement,” Mary Lynn Majors, his wife of Sixty one years, acknowledged in an announcement shared with Knox News. “John handed away this morning. He spent his closing hours doing something he dearly cherished: having a gape out over his cherished Tennessee River.”

Majors guided Pittsburgh to a national championship and undefeated season in 1976 ahead of becoming Tennessee’s coach. In sixteen seasons at Tennessee from 1977-92, Majors compiled a 116-sixty two-8 file.

“I mediate Johnny Majors’ title is synonymous with Tennessee soccer,” acknowledged longtime WNML sports tell host Jimmy Hyams, who coated Majors’ instructing occupation while he used to be a sportswriter at The News Sentinel.

Majors compiled a 185-137-10 file in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa Teach, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

A native of Lynchburg, Tennessee, Majors started his playing occupation with the Vols in 1953, joining the personnel as a single-hover tailback. He used to be named the SEC Participant of the twelve months in 1955 and 1956.  


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Majors rushed for 549 yards and seven touchdowns and handed for 552 yards and five touchdowns in 1956, main Tennessee to a ten-1 season and an SEC championship. He completed as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, shedding out to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung. 

He used to be elected into the College Soccer Hall of Repute as a participant in 1987.

Majors acquired his first head instructing gig in 1968, employed on by Iowa Teach. In four years on the helm, he led the Cyclones to a 24-30-1 file. 

Majors became Pittsburgh’s coach in 1973 and received a national championship in 1976 with a 12-zero season. He obtained national coach of the twelve months honors following that season ahead of returning to Knoxville as Tennessee’s head coach. 

“After they acquired him to reach abet abet off of a national championship at Pittsburgh … it used to be with out a doubt one of many wide, triumphant moments in Tennessee soccer,” acknowledged aged News Sentinel sportswriter Mike Fresh, who coated noteworthy of Majors’ instructing tenure at UT.

At some level of his sixteen seasons at UT, Majors led the Vols to just a few SEC championships (1985, 1989, 1990). He also received the Sugar Bowl in 1986 and 1991. 

“Dynamic on the self-discipline. Fierce on the sidelines. Popular Tennessean,” the Tennessee soccer program tweeted in an announcement. “We mourn the shortcoming of legendary participant and coach Johnny Majors – a man who left an indelible price on Tennessee Soccer.”

Majors used to be compelled out as coach in 1992 and changed by Phillip Fulmer, his aged assistant. Majors then he returned to Pittsburgh for four seasons. After retiring from instructing in 1996, he served as the assistant athletics director and chancellor at Pittsburgh till 2007. 

He used to be inducted into the Pittsburgh Athletics Hall of Repute.

“He led us to our easiest glory and changed Pitt with no kill in sight,” the Pittsburgh soccer program acknowledged in an announcement on Twitter. “Thanks, Coach. Relaxation in peace.”

Born in Lynchburg, Tennessee, Majors played in high faculty for his father, Shirley, at Huntland High in Franklin County, Tennessee. After going 1-9 in Majors’ freshman twelve months of high faculty, Huntland received 70 of its next seventy one games — most with Majors or one of his three brothers main the capability.

For years for the length of his retirement, Majors teamed with sportswriter Jay Searcy to put together lunch gatherings, the set up they’d command in visitor speakers to talk just a few range of issues, including historical past, science, the arts, and symphony.

“He used to be so attracted to so many things,” Fresh acknowledged. “He cherished faculty soccer, knew every part about it, but he used to be fair attracted to so many things – the arts. I seen him at concert events. He cherished to hump back and forth. He fair cherished to originate so many things. He used to be a with out a doubt attention-grabbing man to me. I have confidence obvious he led a lifestyles neatly-lived.”

A memorial carrier at St. John’s Cathedral will be held at a later date. In lieu of vegetation, the family has asked for contributions to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra or a charity.

The News Sentinel’s Allie Clouse and Al Lesar contributed to this legend.