Chick Meehan

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Chick Meehan
Chick Meehan newspaper photo.png
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1893-09-05)September 5, 1893
Died November 9, 1972(1972-11-09) (aged 79)
Syracuse, New York
Playing career
1915–1917 Syracuse
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1920–1924 Syracuse
1925–1931 NYU
1932–1937 Manhattan
Head coaching record
Overall 115–44–14

John Francis "Chick" Meehan (September 5, 1893 – November 9, 1972) was an American football player and coach. His 17-year career coaching record was 115 wins, 44 losses, and 14 ties. He served as the head football coach at Syracuse University (1920–1924), New York University (1925–1931), and Manhattan College (1932–1937), compiling a career college football record of 115–44–14. Meehan played quarterback at Syracuse from 1915 to 1917.

Meehan stated, "We learn practically nothing from a victory. All our information comes from a defeat. A winner forgets most of his mistakes."[1]

Coaching caeeer[edit]


From 1920 to 1924, Meehan served as the head coach at Syracuse and compiled a 35–8–4 record. This total included back-to-back eight-win seasons in 1923 and 1924.[2]

New York University[edit]

Meehan was the 19th head football coach for the New York University Violets located in New York, New York and he held that position for seven seasons, from 1925 until 1931.[3] His career coaching record at NYU was 49–15–4. This ranks him first at NYU in total wins and first at NYU in winning percentage.[4] Meehan was awarded a place in NYU's athletic hall of fame for his coaching efforts.[5]


Meehan's last head coaching job was as the fourth head coach for the Manhattan College Jaspers also in New York City. He held that position for six seasons, from 1932 until 1937. His career coaching record at Manhattan was 31–21–6. This ranks him first at Manhattan in total wins and second at Manhattan in winning percentage.[6]


Meehan died at the age of 79 on November 9, 1972 at a hospital in Syracuse, New York.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Syracuse Orangemen (Independent) (1920–1924)
1920 Syracuse 6–2–1
1921 Syracuse 7–2
1922 Syracuse 6–1–2
1923 Syracuse 8–1
1924 Syracuse 8–2–1
Syracuse: 35–8–4
NYU Violets (Independent) (1925–1931)
1925 NYU 6–2–1
1926 NYU 8–1
1927 NYU 7–1–2
1928 NYU 8–2
1929 NYU 7–3
1930 NYU 7–3
1931 NYU 6–3–1
NYU: 49–15–4
Manhattan Jaspers (Independent) (1932–1937)
1932 Manhattan 5–3–2
1933 Manhattan 6–3–1
1934 Manhattan 3–5–1
1935 Manhattan 5–3–1
1936 Manhattan 6–4
1937 Manhattan 6–3–1
Manhattan: 31–21–6
Total: 115–44–14


  1. ^ Danforth, William H. (1963). I Dare You (19th ed.). The Danforth Foundation. pp. 89–90. ISBN 9789561001596. Don't be discouraged if you fail in your first efforts. Coach Meehan of New York University says, 'We learn practically nothing from a victory. All our information comes from a defeat. A winner forgets most of his mistakes.'" 
  2. ^ John Meehan year-by-year coaching results
  3. ^ The Ultimate Guide to College Football, James Quirk, 2004
  4. ^ New York University Violets coaching records
  5. ^ New York University Athletics Hall of Fame
  6. ^ Manhattan College coaching records
  7. ^ "Chick Meehan, Football Coach Of N.Y.U. and Syracuse, Dead". The New York Times. November 10, 1972. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 

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