John “Tiger” Godfrey Memorial Unveiled

John “Tiger” Godfrey Memorial Unveiled

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WHITTIER, Calif. – This past Saturday during halftime of the Poets Football Season Opener, Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman, President Herzberger, and Bill Workman '64 unveiled the new memorial dedicated to John "Tiger" Godfrey the winningest football coach in Whittier College History.

Coach Godfrey compiled a 120-67-6 record over 20 seasons at the helm of the Poet football program winning nine conference championships. 

John came to Whittier College in 1957 as an Assistant Coach under NFL Hall of Fame Coach Don Coryell and within 3 years, he was named head football coach at Whittier College.  He coached the Poets to a perfect regular season in 1961 and a berth into the NAIA regional playoff where they faced Linfield College in McMinnville, OR.   

John played collegiate Football at Washington State where he captained the 1947 Cougars and played in the Hula All-Star Bowl in Hawaii.  He graduated with a B.A. in economics and education and achieved his masters from Cal State L.A. 

In addition to coaching football, Coach Godfrey wore many hats while at Whittier, including coaching baseball, track & field, and golf programs as well as serving as athletic director. 

The impact of John Godfrey is wide ranging when it comes to the leaders he had such a hand in developing at Whittier College.  This was never more evident than Bill Workman, class of 1964, who set the College and many of his fellow alumni down the path of creating a monument to honor the winningest football coach in the history of Whittier College. 

Bill, Rob, Sharon and fellow alumni from around the nation gathered during the halftime ceremony to pay tribute to John "Tiger" Godfrey, a truly special man in the history of the College.  With their support, they were able to dedicate a lasting memorial to honor Coach Godfrey's legacy at Whittier.