John B. Eckstorm
|John B. C. Eckstorm|
Eckstorm pictured in Makio 1901, Ohio State yearbook
October 22, 1874|
South Bend, Minnesota
|Died||October 28, 1964
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
John Bernard Christian Eckstorm (October 22, 1874 - October 28, 1964) was an American football coach. Most notably, he served as the head coach at Ohio State University from 1899 to 1901, compiling a record of 22–4–3. Eckstorm was the first Ohio State Buckeyes football coach to have a winning record at the school. In his first season in 1899, the Buckeyes went 9–0–1 giving OSU their first undefeated season in school history. The next season he led Ohio State to a tie against Michigan in the second meeting of the two schools.
During the 1901 season, captain John Sigrist endured an injury during a game with Case Western. Forty-eight hours later, he was pronounced dead and it very nearly led to the abolishment of football at OSU. It remains the only death because of injuries sustained during play in Ohio State history. 
A resolution to cancel the remainder of the season was defeated by an 18-8 vote, but it proved difficult for the Buckeyes to emotionally recover. They lost three of the last four games and Coach Eckstorm decided to leave his post at the end of the season.
He was later a physician in Ohio and Chief Medical Officer at the Ohio State Penitentiary. He died in Marysville, Ohio in 1964.
Head coaching record
|Ohio State Buckeyes (Independent) (1899–1901)|
- John B. Eckstorm at the College Football Data Warehouse
- John B. C. Eckstorm - SmashThroughToVictory.com