Thomas Harp (born c. 1927) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Cornell University (1961–1965), Duke University (1967–1970), and Indiana State University (1973–1977), compiling a career college football record of 61–82–4.

Tom Harp
Biographical details
Bornc. 1927
Playing career
1945Miami (OH)
Position(s)Quarterback, fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1953Carrollton HS (OH)
1954–1955Massillon Washington HS (OH)
1956–1960Army (backfield)
1973–1977Indiana State
Head coaching record
Overall61–82–4 (college)
38–8–1 (high school)

Playing careerEdit

Harp played football as a fullback at Miami University in 1945 and then as a quarterback at Muskingum University in 1949 and 1950, where he was a member of back-to-back Ohio Athletic Conference championship squads.

Coaching careerEdit

Harp began his coaching career in 1951 at Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Ohio, where he compiled a record of 20–6–1 over three seasons. He then moved on to Massillon Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, tallying a mark of 18–2 over two seasons and winning the Ohio State title in 1954. From 1956 to 1960, Harp coached the backfield at the United States Military Academy under head coaches Earl Blaik and Dale Hall.[1]

From 1961 to 1965, Harp coached at Cornell, where he compiled a 19–23–3 record. From 1966 to 1970, he coached at Duke, where he compiled a 22–28–1 record. From 1973 to 1977, he coached at Indiana State, where he compiled a 20–31 record.


Harp is the stepfather of former Indiana University Miami Dolphins Head Coach, Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, University of Michigan and presently Louisiana State University Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cornell Big Red (Ivy League) (1961–1965)
1961 Cornell 3–6 2–5 6th
1962 Cornell 4–5 4–3 T–3rd
1963 Cornell 5–4 4–3 T–4th
1964 Cornell 3–5–1 3–4 T–5th
1965 Cornell 4–3–2 3–3–1 4th
Cornell: 19–23–3 16–18–1
Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1966–1970)
1966 Duke 5–5 2–3 5th
1967 Duke 4–6 2–4 6th
1968 Duke 4–6 3–4 5th
1969 Duke 3–6–1 3–3–1 T–3rd
1970 Duke 6–5 5–2 T–2nd
Duke: 22–28–1 15–16–1
Indiana State Sycamores (NCAA Division II independent) (1973–1975)
1973 Indiana State 4–7
1974 Indiana State 5–5
1975 Indiana State 5–5
Indiana State Sycamores (NCAA Division I independent) (1976–1977)
1976 Indiana State 3–7
1977 Indiana State 3–7
Indiana State: 20–31
Total: 61–82–4


  1. ^ "Blue Devils Select Tom Harp As Coach". Spartanburg Herald. Associated Press. January 17, 1966. Retrieved September 20, 2010 – via Google News.