John F. Tobin

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John Tobin
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Tobin as Tulane coach in 1905
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1880-01-01)January 1, 1880
Macomb, Illinois
Died October 27, 1954(1954-10-27) (aged 74)[1]
Salt Lake City, Utah
Alma mater University of Nebraska (A.B. 1903)
University of Chicago[2]
Playing career
1904–1905 U. of Chicago
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1905 Tulane
Head coaching record
Overall 0–1

John Frederick "Jack" Tobin was an American college football player and coach. Tobin attended the University of Chicago, where he played college football under head coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. He was a "star guard" for the Maroons during the 1904 season.[3] In 1905, he served as head coach at Tulane University alongside assistant Harry Ludlow for the 1905 season. Tulane lost its only game, 5–0, that year.[4] Tulane accused its opponent, Louisiana State, of using ineligible players, and the disagreement resulted in a hiatus of the series until 1911.[5] In October, he returned to play for the Chicago team.[3] In December 1905, he accepted the position of athletic director at Tulane.[6] Tobin graduated from Chicago in June 1906, and passed the Illinois bar examination. He was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity. In 1906, he intended to begin practicing law after coaching at the University of Utah during the upcoming season.[7] He later worked as a judge in Utah.[8]