JHU coach Jim Margraff dies

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Jim Margraff coached Johns Hopkins to 221 wins and a trip to the 2018 Division III football national semifinals. (Photo by Robert B. Forbes, d3photography.com)
Jim Margraff coached Johns Hopkins to 221 wins and a trip to the 2018 Division III football national semifinals. 
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Jim Margraff, the 2018 D3football.com national Coach of the Year, died in his sleep early this morning, the university confirmed.

Margraff, 58, led Johns Hopkins in all-time wins as a football coach. His Blue Jays finished No. 5 in the D3football.com Top 25 after a run to the NCAA Division III national semifinals, the first in program history.

Margraff ended the 2018 season with a 29-year record of 221-89-3 (.711) since taking over at Johns Hopkins in 1990. He was the winningest coach in Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference history and his 221 wins are also the most of any college football coach in Maryland state history. Among active Division III head coaches, he ranked third in career victories.

A memorial service will be held on Johns Hopkins' Homewood campus, with details to be announced.

"Jim Margraff was a thoughtful, humble, passionate and exceptionally talented leader and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time," said Johns Hopkins athletic director Alanna W. Shanahan. "He left an indelible impact on all he touched and he made us all better. We will forever be thankful for the unparalleled experiences he provided for so many over the course of his highly successful career."

A 1982 graduate of Johns Hopkins, Margraff is survived by his wife, Alice, and children Megan, James and Will. Alice Margraff is a 1989 Johns Hopkins graduate, while Megan Margraff graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2017.

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