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Sport(s)  Football
1946–1950  Minnesota (Backfield)
Positions  End
1942  Minnesota (E)
1939–1941  Gustavus Adolphus
Role  American football player
1932–1934  Minnesota
Name  John Roning

Born  December 2, 1910 Red Wing, Minnesota, U.S. (1910-12-02)
1943–1944  North Carolina Pre-Flight (E)
Died  October 3, 2001, Denver, Colorado, United States

Alma mater  University of Minnesota

John Olaf Roning (December 2, 1910 – October 3, 2001) was an American college football player, coach, and athletics administrator.


After he played end for the University of Minnesota (1932–1934), Roning entered the coaching ranks. After a few years coaching in the high school ranks, Roning became the head coach at Gustavus Adolphus in 1939. He left in 1942 to return to Minnesota as an assistant and then was at North Carolina Pre-Flight. In 1951, Roning became the head coach at Utah Agricultural (now Utah State) in Logan for four seasons and then at the University of Denver. He was athletic director at South Dakota during the 1960s and the second commissioner of the Big Sky Conference (1971–1977).

Early life and career

Roning was an end for Bernie Bierman at Minnesota from the 1932 through the 1934 seasons. He started at end during their 1934 national championship season. In 1939, Roning took over at Gustavus Adolphus College where he served as athletic director, football, basketball and track coach. During his tenure as football head coach, Roning led the Gusties to an overall record of 17 wins, five losses and one tie (17–5–1). He led the Gusties to the 1940 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) championship; however, the school was suspended from the MIAC for the 1941 season for its perceived "overemphasis" on collegiate athletics. From Adolphus, Roning served as an assistant coach at Minnesota, with North Carolina Pre-Flight and again at Minnesota before he became head coach at Utah Agricultural.

Utah Agricultural and Denver

Roning was hired at Utah Agricultural in January 1951 to replace George Melinkovich. During his four-year tenure as head coach of the Aggies, Roning had an overall record of 18 wins, 21 losses and two ties (18–21–2). In February 1955, he became the head coach of the Denver Pioneers. During his six seasons there, Roning had an 27–13 overall record. After the 1960 season, the university decided to drop football due to the costs of operating the program.

Later life

After the closure of the Denver football program, Roning accepted the position of athletic director at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1961. He remained at South Dakota until 1971, when he followed Jack Friel as commissioner of the Big Sky Conference; he served until June 1977, succeeded by Steve Belko.

Roning retired to Denver, Colorado, where he resided until his death at age 90 on October 3, 2001.


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