John Salavantis

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John Salavantis
Biographical details
BornNorth Adams, Massachusetts
Playing career
Position(s)Offensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971Pratt CC (offense)
1972Pratt CC
1974McPherson (OC)
1975–1977Independence CC
1980–1982Missouri Southern (assistant)
1983–1984Garden City CC (assistant)
1985–1990Hamilton Tiger-Cats (assistant)
1991Montreal Machine (OL)
1993Ottawa Rough Riders (WR)
1994–1997Hamilton Tiger-Cats (OL)
2006Hamilton Tiger-Cats (OL)
Head coaching record
Overall7–3 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
First team All-KCAC (1965)

John Salavantis is an American former gridiron football coach. He was the 22nd head football coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, serving for one season, in 1978, and compiling a record of 7–3.[1] Salavantis later workred as an assistant coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders. Currently, Salavantis serves as the radio colour analyst on AM 900 CHML for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[2]

Salavantis graduated from Drury High School in North Adams, Massachusetts, before attending Ottawa, where he played football for four years as an offensive tackle.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ottawa Braves (Heart of America Athletic Conference) (1978)
1978 Ottawa 7–3 4–2 T–2nd
Ottawa: 7–3 4–2
Total: 7–3


  1. ^ "2012 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Ottawa Braves. p. 7. Retrieved February 26, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Coach Sal ready for new role on Ticats radio broadcasts | 3DownNation". 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ Bird, Allen L. (November 16, 1971). "Former Drury star coaching in Kansas; Salavantis' team ranked 12th". The Transcript. North Adams, Massachusetts. p. 14. Retrieved October 6, 2019 – via open access.