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St. John's University - Collegeville, Minnesota



St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota takes its football very seriously. Saturdays throughout the fall feature a surging stream of red pouring into the picturesque little hollow containing Clements Stadium. Clements is home to the winningest football program all-time in NCAA Division III history with a 534-220-24 record in 96 seasons. Coach John Gagliardi has led the Johnnies to 437 wins in the past 58 seasons making him the winningest coach in college football history. In December 2003, the St. John Johnnies won the Division III championship capping off an undefeated season.

In the summer of 2002, St. John’s installed a new playing surface on their field. They went with an artificial turf from Sprinturf. Under the turf is a Multi-Flow drainage system. The Multi-Flow was installed horizontally and in a herringbone pattern. Multi-Flow is frequently installed horizontally under artificial turf. This prevents the need for trenching and provides a generous surface area for water collection. Multi-Flow’s strength was appreciated when truckloads of fill rolled onto the field.

Hopefully Coach Gagliardi will lead his Johnnies through many more winning seasons. One thing is for sure, it will not be adverse field conditions that derail the Johnnie train. Jim Gagliardi, St. John’s offensive coordinator, tells us that recently the field was ready for play soon after 4 and 5 inch rain fall events!