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John Cherberg
John Cherberg

Seattle, Wash.

High School:
Queen Anne

Last College:

Head Football Coach


Record at UW:

Cherberg was a Seattle native who graduated from Washington in 1933. He played for Jim Phelan's 1930-32 squads and played every backfield position. After graduation Cherberg coached Cleveland High School from 1933-37 where he won the '37 State Championship. The same year he was named the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Man of the Year. In 1938, he moved to his high school alma mater, Queen Anne High School, where he stayed until 1945 while winning two state titles. In 1946 he was hired at Washington as a backfield assistant under Ralph Welch. In 1948 he moved to the Huskies' freshman head coach position where he lost his first game but won the next 22. In 1953 he was promoted to head coach where he guided the Huskies to a 10-18-2 mark spanning three seasons. Cherberg then ran for Washington's Lieutenant Governor in 1957 and won, the first of eight consecutive victories. Cherberg served as Lt. Governor for 32 years, spanning five governors. He retired in January 1989. He died on April 8, 1992 at the age of 80. He was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1981.

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