Arthur McKean

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Arthur McKean
Sport(s) College football
Current position
Team Geneva College
Biographical details
Born March 13, 1882
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Died January 7, 1957(1957-01-07) (aged 74)
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1901,1903 Geneva
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1907–1911 Geneva
Head coaching record
Overall 10-24-7 (0.329)

Arthur McKean (1882-1957) was a politician and sports figure in the United States. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives while also acting as head college football coach at Geneva College.

Politics and law[edit]

McKean was elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature as a Democrat in 1910.[1] He also served various local political positions and maintained a law practice.[2]

Coaching history[edit]

McKean was named the sixth head college football coach for the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania[3] and he held that position for five seasons, from 1907 until 1911. His coaching record at Geneva was 10 wins, 24 losses, and 7 ties. As of completion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 15th at Geneva in total wins and 25th at Geneva in winning percentage (0.329).[4]

McKean also played football at Geneva College when he was a student.[5]

Under McKean, the Geneva College team decided to join forces with five other colleges to abolish the game of football if significant rules changes were not made to make the game safer.[6]

He died at a hospital in 1957.[7]


  1. ^ Jordan, John Woolf (1914). Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania biography: illustrated, Volume 1. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. pp. 286–287. 
  2. ^ Smull's legislative hand book and manual of the state of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The State of Pennsylvania. 1912. p. 996. 
  3. ^ The Daily Times July 11, 1907
  4. ^ Geneva College coaching records
  5. ^ The Daily Times "Football to be Revived" September 6, 1907
  6. ^ New York Times "SIX COLLEGES STRIKE BLOW AT FOOTBALL; Rules Must Be Changed So as to Remove Unnecessary Danger to Life and Limb. THREAT TO ABOLISH SAME Action by Intercollegiate Athletic Association of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia." December 15, 1909
  7. ^ New Castle News, Wednesday, January 09, 1957, New Castle, Pennsylvania, United States Of America