John Blake Wiki – Biography
John Blake (John Patrick Blake) was an American football coach and player. He was the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1996 to 1998.
He began his coaching career at OU in 1985 as a student assistant for the Sooners’ national championship team and was a graduate assistant in 1986. After a two-year stint as a full-time assistant coach at Tulsa, Blake returned to Norman as OU’s defensive line coach in 1989 under head coach Gary Gibbs, and as linebackers coach from 1990 to ’92.
Blake made the jump to the NFL in 1993, serving as the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line coach and helping them to Super Bowl titles that season under head coach Jimmie Johnson and in 1995 under Switzer.
He was the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1996 to 1998. After his term as OU head coach, Blake held assistant coach positions at Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, and with the Buffalo Bills.
John Blake Age
John Blake was born on March 6, 1961, in Rockford, Illinois, United States. He died on July 23, 2020. He was 59 years old.
John Blake was married to his wife, Freda Blake.
John Blake and his wife, Freda Blake, had a son, Jourdan Blake.
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John Blake Death
John Blake died on July 23, 2020, at the age of 59. OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. said in a statement: “I join the entire Sooner Nation in mourning Coach Blake’s passing. His years of service to our University and Sooner football were critical building blocks to our program’s success and the impact he had on our student-athletes is indelible. My sincerest sympathies and prayers are with the Blake family.”
OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione said in a statement: “We are stunned and saddened by the news of Coach Blake’s passing. He was never hesitant in displaying love for his family, his players, or how much he valued the honor of being a Sooner. His legacy as OU’s first Black head coach in any sport is incredibly meaningful and will live on forever. We offer our heartfelt thoughts and our prayers to his family. He was a Sooner through and through.”
OU Head Football Coach Lincoln Riley said in a statement: “The thing I’ve always heard about Coach Blake is how much he loved and cared for his players and how those feelings were reciprocal. That’s such a profound element of the coaching profession — developing bonds with players that extend beyond the field. Our program is very saddened to learn of Coach Blake’s passing and we extend our deepest condolences to his family. Everything I know about him is that he loved being a Sooner.”
Cause of Death
John Blake’s cause of death was a heart attack.
John Blake’s net worth is unclear.