Chuck Klausing served as head coach from 1976–1985 and compiled a 77-15-2 overall record at the helm of the Tartans. Under Klausing, the Tartans captured six Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships, four trips to the NCAA Division III playoffs and the 1979 Lambert Trophy as the premier small college team in the northeast. In 1978 and 1979, Carnegie Mellon advanced to the semifinal round of the championship tournament only to be eliminated by the eventual national champion each year. Carnegie Mellon's 10-year record from 1975-84 ranked the Tartans as the eighth most successful team in the nation behind Brigham Young University and ahead of the University of Oklahoma. In 1986, Klausing, a two-time NCAA Division III Coach of the Year, left to become assistant head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.